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Since Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko and became the IBF and WBA Heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) the WBC Heavyweight Champion has been looking to fight Joshua for a unification bout. However Joshua has recently confirmed that he will fight his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in October. Therefore, Wilder has turned his focus towards Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO).
When will they fight?
Wilder will likely fight Ortiz on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This is a much-anticipated fight by the boxing community as both fighters are heavy punchers and have a combined 65-0 with 60 knockouts. This fight is most likely to end with a Knockout victory, who will get knocked out? We will have to wait until Fight Night to find out.
Wilder won the WBC Heavyweight title in January 2015 when he beat Bermane Stiverne by a unanimous decision. This was the first and only time any opponent managed to go the distance with Wilder. He has successfully defended the title five times since.
Ortiz is a former interim WBA champion. The 38-year-old Cuban is known for his massive punching power with an impressive 23 out of 27 fights won by KO. However, Ortiz has not fought in nearly a year and that may affect his ability in this fight massively. This fight will bring Ortiz the buzz he has been looking for as his Boxing career has not been doing as good as it should be with a fighter of his record.
The last time Wilder fought was in February when he beat Gerald Washington by TKO in the fifth-round.