Wilder vs Ortiz OFF: Bermane Stiverne steps up
DEONTAY WILDER will fight Bermane Stiverne for a second time after Luis Ortiz officially withdrew from their November 4 clash.
“Clean boxing program finished process on heavyweight adverse finding on Ortiz and has withdrawn sanctioning from fight vs Wilder,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed yesterday.
“WBC will disclose specific details soon about Luis Ortiz ruling.”
British heavyweight Dillian Whyte, whose only career defeat came against Anthony Joshua two years ago, had offered to step up and replace Ortiz.
“It’s a bit short notice, four weeks and a bit, but I’ve been training and I’m always ready to go.
“I believe it’s a very winnable fight and it’s one which I would take if we can reach terms and the terms is right, then yeah.
“Deontay Wilder is a coward, he wanted to fight Luis Ortiz, because Ortiz is old and been inactive for a long time. That’s the only reason he wants to fight Luis Ortiz.
Deontay Wilder outpunched Bermane Stiverne when they met first time but could not knock him out
Dillian Whyte had hoped to be given a world title shot
But Whyte, 29, has been overlooked by the 38-fight unbeaten Wilder who has instead booked a rematch with Stiverne.
The date and venue for the fight – November 4 at the Barclay Center – will remain the same but now the bout will see two fighters who have clashed before come together again.
Stiverne is the only man to have gone 12 rounds with Wilder in the professional ranks, having taken their title clash to the judges when they met in Las Vegas in January 2015. But the scorecards were unanimous and dominant, scoring the bout 1118-109, 119-108, 120-107 in favour of Wilder.
But Wilder will still start the fight as an overwhelming favourite to record his sixth successful title defence.