Date set for Wilder-Ortiz

Boxing: Deontay Wilder to take on undefeated Luis Ortiz in March

Wilder (39-0) was mooted as the next opponent for IBF and WBA belt-holder Anthony Joshua in a unification bout, but the Briton is closing in on a clash with WBO champion Joseph Parker.

Although the banned diuretics can be used as masking agents for performance-enhancing drugs, Ortiz and his team stood firm in claiming the root cause was his prescription medication for high blood pressure.

The contest which will be promoted by Lou DiBella on behalf of Premier Boxing Champions will be televised by Showtime in the United States, is arguably one of the most anticipated bouts in the opening quarter of 2018. A news conference is in the works for next week when the broadcast outlet should be announced. It was Ortiz's second failed drug test in three years.

Unbeaten Ortiz returned to the ring in December, taking Daniel Martz out in two rounds.

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During their WWE-style faceoff, Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs), a 38-year-old Cuban defector fighting out of Miami, said he still wanted to fight Wilder and Wilder said he would give him another chance.

"I was ready the first time".

After Ortiz's victory, Wilder entered the ring and faced off with him in a colorful exchange that was captured on the FS1 telecast. You will have your fight. "I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby". "I'm gonna whoop your ass".

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