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Wilder-Ortiz fight confirmed

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Jack Ogalbe

Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz in New York on March 3.

The American has been tipped to fight Anthony Joshua at some point in 2018 but will first take on mandatory challenger Ortiz at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

They were supposed to meet in November but Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance and 'The Bronze Bomber' instead faced Bermane Stiverne.

An opening round knockout win over the Canadian extended his professional record to 39-0 and he will be taking on another unbeaten fighter in the Cuban.

Following his suspension, Ortiz was back in the ring on December 8 and needed just two rounds to defeat Daniel Martz.

He will now have his first shot at a world title on March 3 but Wilder will be the favourite as he plots his path to a unification bout against Joshua.

However, there could be a problem, with Dillian Whyte hoping to be named the WBC mandatory challenger if he beats Lucas Browne at the end of March.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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