Deontay Wilder to defend WBC title against Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder to take on Ortiz in March

Joshua, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, is 20-0 with 20 knockouts and according to the BBC almost set for a March 31 bout at Cardiff against Parker, the World Boxing Organization champion who is 24-0 with 18 knockouts.

Ortiz avoided a ban after the WBC found he had taken diuretics for high blood pressure, although he was fined. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS.

He and Ortiz were initially supposed to fight on that card, but the Cuban was scratched because of a positive drug test. It was Ortiz's second failed drug test in three years.

After returning with a second-round knockout of Daniel Martz in December, the Cuban has secured a long-awaited meeting with Wilder in NY. So for the best to prove they're the best, the best must fight each other.

"Stay by the phone baby, I've been wanting to", Wilder told Ortiz after the fight. "I blessed you with the opportunity and you messed it up". Luis Ortiz you will have your fight, I will bless you again. This time, no excuses.

The fight will be Wilder's seventh defence of the WBC heavyweight world title.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is coming off a first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne in November.

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