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
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.