They Talked About It For Weeks But Now Its Officially Going Down November 4, 2017 In New York
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) is now officially set to defend his title against Luis Ortiz (27-0-2 NCs, 23 KOs), who is unquestionably a major step up in quality compared to Wilder’s recent opponents, if not the best opponent to date for the American knockout artist. Wilder vs. Ortiz will take place at Barclays Center on November 4th — I know, same day as UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden — as part of an expected Showtime tripleheader.
The 38-year-old Ortiz holds notable stoppage victories over Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson, but hasn’t fought since last December, when he stopped David Allen in the seventh round of a scheduled eight. His last twelve-rounder was against Malik Scott, who went the distance in a fight that can best be described as “having happened.” Ortiz is a southpaw who’s a consensus top-5 fighter in the division, and this will be his first crack at a major championship title.