Deontay Wilder announces Luis Ortiz rematch

Long-awaited unification fight with Anthony Joshua now won’t be happening in 2019

Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round in New York. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty

Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round in New York. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty

 

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he has agreed a rematch with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz.

American Wilder beat Ortiz with a 10th-round knockout in March 2018.

“To all my fans, I want to announce that Luis Ortiz and I have signed for a rematch, with the date and site to be announced shortly. All my controversial fights Must get dealt with ASAP!!” the 33-year-old posted on Twitter.

Wilder has won 41 of his 42 fights, the other being a controversial draw with Britain’s Tyson Fury in December.

He knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round earlier this month to retain his world title.

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