Deontay Wilder Gets New Opponent To Replace Luis Ortiz

Calvin Saunders
October 7, 2017

The long-awaited result of the WBC's investigation into Luis Ortiz's failed drug test has come to a conclusion and the ruling is final: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is called off.

Wilder began his reign in January 2015 by taking the WBC crown with a unanimous decision triumph over Stiverne in Las Vegas.

The "Bronze Bomber" was due to face Luis Ortiz, but the Cuban southpaw tested positive for banned diuretics often used as steroid masking agents. However, Ortiz was dumped from the fight for coming up positive for two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on September 22.

Stiverne was scheduled to take on Dominic Breazeale on the undercard of his main event. However, given the circumstances, Showtime announced Thursday that it will televise the bout as part of a tripleheader beginning at 9 p.m. ET. It was the only career non-knockout for Wilder, who is 38-0 with 37 KOs.

Stiverne has been the only man to last the full distance with Wilder, but the champion is promising that he'll never see the final bell when they meet for a second time.

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Wilder said: "In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round and I still dominated".

But Wilder will still start the fight as an overwhelming favourite to record his sixth successful title defence.

Stiverne, 39, remains the only fighter to go the distance with "The Bronze Bomber" in 38 bouts, but has fought just once since the reverse and has been out of the ring for nearly two years.

Now Stiverne has the rematch he has wanted with Wilder and he is excited about it.

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