Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz after having been arranged for last year initially, only to fall out, will now go ahead after details for the event were confirmed today.
In a Premier Boxing Champions event the pair will collide for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world on March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
No TV network has been confirmed yet but likely it will be on Showtime or Fox. Tickets start at 50 bucks a piece and are available through Ticketmaster we were advised earlier.
A good, long-awaited scrap that will allow Wilder to face a man who to put it mildly, he has some dislike for.
Last year Wilder went on record numerous times referencing how the Ortiz fight falling out due to a failed drugs test by the Cuban affected him mentally.
Ortiz has never lost as a professional and is one of the trickiest operators in heavyweight boxing today.
Conversely, Wilder is one of the most wild, big hitting fighters in the heavyweight division so the clash of styles will be a coming together of almost the polar opposites in a sense.
The main thing I wonder about is how much Ortiz has gotten inside Wilder’s head.
At Wilder’s recent fight with Bermane Stiverne where he smashed him to pieces in a rematch, Ortiz was ringside at the fight and could be seen hurling abuse at Wilder from the crowd.
Although not reported on much to date, I believe Ortiz has been trying to play mind games with Wilder this past while and expect more of it in the run up to the fight.
Wilder ultimately will be looking at this as the last step on route to a unification bout with either Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker later in the year.
All the marbles are to play for for both guys. Another interesting dynamic in the once again interesting heavyweight landscape.