Boxing news: Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz II reportedly likely for November – what does this mean for Tyson Fury rematch?

15 Jul

Deontay Wilder’s upcoming rematch with Luis Ortiz does not yet have a confirmed date or venue.

The WBC heavyweight champion announced last month that he will defend his title against his the Cuban challenger he previously knocked out in a 2018 thriller.

Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz in a sensational fight last year

It was initially reported that September 28 in LA was a possible date and venue for the contest, however now it’s claimed by The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger that this won’t be the case.

Wilder vs Ortiz II is instead said to be likely for November with no potential venue known as yet.

This update has caused some to question the ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ schedule, as he also announced last month that he will be rematching Tyson Fury, assuming he gets through Luis Ortiz.

Fury subsequently declared that he would be returning in September/October and then taking on Wilder on February 22 – something his promoters insist isn’t confirmed yet.

Despite being knocked down twice, many felt Fury outboxed Wilder

It could be something of a quick turnaround for the American to compete in November (depending on the date) and then get back in the ring for February, given he is currently fighting roughly once every six months or so.

Regardless, Wilder vs Fury II does seem destined to take place so long as both men come through their next outings – it just may happen slightly later than originally thought.

You can catch WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 at the marquee event of his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so click HERE or more information on the event and get your tickets HERE.

Dillian Whyte EXCLUSIVE: ‘Body Snatcher’ ranks top ten heavyweights in the world, including Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

3 Jul

The heavyweight scene has been blown wide open recently with many of the division’s top fighters competing between May and July.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury got their jobs done with knockout victories over Dominic Breazeale and Tom Schwarz, while Anthony Joshua had a far tougher night.

Dillian Whyte has himself ranked as the fourth best heavyweight today

Andy Ruiz Jr stunned AJ with a seventh-round stoppage in New York and claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles as a result.

Wilder is still the WBC king with Fury holding ‘lineal’ status, though many hungry contenders are chasing hot on their heels.

One of these top challengers is Britain’s Dillian Whyte, who has given us his assessment of the landscape by ranking his top ten heavyweights ahead of his fight with Oscar Rivas on July 20.

You can read his ratings and explanations below…


10. Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs)

Kownacki’s next fight is against Chris Arreola, he’s a zillion years old. Talk about wheeling out the dead, Jesus Christ.

9. Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs)

Povetkin hasn’t fought since Joshua, has he? And that was a loss. Oscar Rivas has fought since then and Rivas has won.

8. Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs)

Rivas should be at eight. He’s a strong guy, undefeated, a come-forward fighter, pressure fighter. He seems to be a danger man, nobody wants to fight him.

7. Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs)

I’d put Ortiz at seven. Ortiz fought for the world title and lost it, Joseph Parker fought for it and won it.

6. Joseph Parker (25-2, 19 KOs)

Parker’s the only one from #6-#10 that’s been world champion so far, and he defended it two times. He’s only had two losses to two top fighters.

5. Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs)

Fury’s gonna be number five. Don’t get me wrong, Tyson Fury’s a great fighter, won world titles, but it’s a funny one because how do you go from Deontay Wilder to fighting Tom Schwarz? How do people justify him being number one heavyweight in the world?

4. Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs)

Number four is me. Anthony Joshua beat me. The stats and the numbers will say that he’s higher ranked than me. I’m honest, I’m not a bulls***ter, I’m honest. Facts are facts.

3. Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs)

Number three, Joshua. He won four world titles, Olympic gold medallist, this, that and the other. And he beat me. He won world titles which I haven’t won. I have to accept that fact, whether I want to or not. I’m a realist, of course he’s ranked above me.

2. Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs)

Number two, Deontay Wilder. He’s a world champion. Simple as that.

1. Andy Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs)

Andy Ruiz is number one. The reason I say he’s number one is he’s beaten Joshua and Joshua had four belts. He didn’t just beat him, he knocked him out so he went from being not even in the rankings to number one, this is boxing. But saying that, he lost to Joseph Parker and I beat Parker. Strange isn’t it?


Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs)

Usyk shouldn’t be anywhere the top ten heavyweights because he ain’t had no fight yet. We don’t know. He was meant to fight Carlos Takam and I think he bottled it. I think he pulled out the fight because he just wasn’t ready for heavyweight.

Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs)

Pulev is just f***ing terrible, man. He looked terrible against Hughie Fury, Fury shouldn’t have even been in the top 15 anyway.

Eddie Hearn pleads with WBC to give Dillian Whyte the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz II after spending more than 600 DAYS as No.1 contender

21 Jun

Eddie Hearn has warned the WBC Dillian Whyte will not wait around for a heavyweight title shot and targeted the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz.

The ‘Bodysnatcher’ has been the number one contender to Wilder’s crown for more than 600 days as of this week and has grown impatient waiting for the Bronze Bomber.

Dillian Whyte is desperate to get his hands on Deontay Wilder

Whyte will face the dangerous Oscar Rivas on July 20 at the 02, but Hearn wants to see his fighter get a shot at the title.

Wilder’s rematch with Ortiz is scheduled for later this year and the Matchroom director is desperate to see the Brixton brawler get his shot.

“There’s a lot going on with the WBC,” he told talkSPORT. “I think the offer from the WBC, which is a final eliminator, is an interim world title fight.

“That’s all fine, but it’s more about the timings.

Wilder defended his WBC belt in May against Dominic Breazeale

“This week marks 600 days Dillian Whyte has been WBC number one contender – it’s incredible.

“So we are saying when? We are not waiting 800, 900, 1000 days so our campaign is that the winner of Wilder against Ortiz should fight the winner of Whyte vs Rivas.

“Or if not, give us a time frame. We are doing absolutely everything and we will not stop till Dillian Whyte gets justice on this because I think the WBC are fair people.

“Mauricio Sulaiman is a boxing guy through and through, I know he has been a bit upset by some of the comments, but they are nothing yet.

Whyte knocked out Dereck Chisora in December, his last outing in the ring

“We have got to get our way and we are not even asking for a favour. We are just asking for what is fair.

“And we thank the public for their support on this as well because that is important. Dillian Whyte has stepped up and fought everyone, this Rivas fight is a very tough fight on July 20 and it is a must-win fight that I believe will have a lot on the line in terms of the WBC position.”

When is the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch? Bronze Bomber’s coach suggests fans could see heavyweight title fight MUCH sooner than expected

8 Jun

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder could be finally set to renew their rivalry in the ring after their highly-disputed draw.

In fact, the rematch could be happening as early as February, according to the Bronze Bomber’s trainer.

Tyson Fury could square off Deontay Wilder once again in February 2020

Prior to Anthony Joshua’s American debut against Andy Ruiz Jr, the American announced he would be fighting Luis Ortiz once again, before locking horns with the Gypsy King in 2020.

Fury, who is fighting in America for the first time since signing his lucrative EPSN deal, has remained tight-lipped on the rematch as he prepares for his bout with Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.

But Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas told The Daily Mail the 33-year-old will likely face Ortiz between late September and early November, with venues in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas all potential venues for that rematch.

Provided Wilder does not slip up against the veteran Cuban, the American’s team have pencilled in the Fury rematch to take place in February or March.

Wilder knocked out Ortiz last year
Fans wanted an immediate rematch between the two fighters after their thrilling draw in December 2018

However, this could prove to be a sticking point as Fury has often insisted he wants to spend Christmas with his family.

Wilder and Fury contributed to one of the classic heavyweight title fights at the Staple Center last December in an enthralling contest which fans could not take their eyes off.

The sight of the two giants sharing the ring was spectacular enough, but Fury’s boxing brain and technical ability bamboozled the WBC champion for the majority of the 12 rounds.

But Wilder’s power is not to be underestimated and he twice had Fury down, although how on earth the Brit managed to climb off the canvas in the final round remains a mystery.

The knockdown at the end of the 12th was sp heavy, fans feared the fight would be waved off. But Fury rose from the brink

The winner of this fight will surely be looking to fighting Anthony Joshua in a potentially huge summer showdown in 2020, provided the former unified world champion can reclaim his belts after a stunning upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr last weekend.

Matchroom Boxing director Eddie Hearn confirmed the Olympic Gold medallist would be invoking his rematch clause straight away, with the promoter aiming for November or December.

Anthony Joshua next fight: Eddie Hearn names Dillian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk as potential opponents after Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz announcement

29 May

Anthony Joshua again looks set to miss out on a mega fight next time out, with Deontay Wilder confirming he has other plans.

The American announced on Tuesday night that he will be rematching Luis Ortiz later this year – and thus is out of the running for a bout with AJ.

Anthony Joshua is promoted by Eddie Hearn

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury also looks to be tied up with his lucrative ESPN deal.

Reacting to the news, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV: “Joshua goes on ESPN yesterday and says, ‘I’ll sit down with you after my fight and we’ll do a deal.’

“And he goes, ‘S***. How can we look okay out of this? Oh yeah, I’ve signed a deal to fight Ortiz everybody.’

“What? That morning? It’s embarrassing, that’s what it is…

Dillian Whyte is demanding a world title shot after a series of impressive performances 

“Stop talking about Wilder, he’s a waste of time. They don’t want the fight, he’s talked into doing something else.

“He’s not his own boss, he don’t make his own decisions, let him do what he’s been talked into.

“When he becomes available, after he’s fought Ortiz, after he’s fought [Adam] Kownacki, then I guess we’ll try again.”

Anthony Joshua was initially due to face Kubrat Pulev in 2017, however Pulev pulled out with an injury

When asked if Joshua could now turn his attention to a seemingly unlikely fight with Fury later this year, Hearn replied: “A little bit yeah, we have to take care of our mandatories as well.

“WBO mandatory, IBF mandatory. The WBO haven’t ruled yet, but we have a WBO mandatory due, it could be [Usyk].

“We have an IBF mandatory due in Pulev. We’ve got maybe even a Dillian Whyte fight we just jump into in November.

“If Joshua’s not on his game, he won’t beat Ruiz and then we’re rematching Ruiz!”

Oleksandr Usyk left the cruiserweight division as undisputed champion

Deontay Wilder responds to comments about Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury after announcing Luis Ortiz rematch

29 May

Deontay Wilder had a busy Tuesday night after announcing his rematch with Luis Ortiz.

The WBC heavyweight champion revealed on social media that contracts are now signed for a second bout between himself and the Cuban, and then proceeded to stay up and discuss the bout with fans on Instagram.

Deontay Wilder was troubled by Luis Ortiz, but ultimately knocked him out in March 2018

Wilder has received some criticism over the announcement, as almost all supporters would rather see him face either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury next instead.

However, he also received and replied to plenty of praise from his loyal supporters, who took the moment as a chance to criticise AJ and Fury.

In his replies, Wilder promised that he will be facing both Brits in the very near future and told people they will just have to be patient for the time being.

You can read the comments and replies below.

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Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz: Date for rematch reportedly scheduled for September in Los Angeles

29 May

Deontay Wilder has announced his next fight will be a rematch with Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz.

Despite calls from Anthony Joshua’s camp to make an undisputed bout at the end of this year, the WBC heavyweight champion has pursued his own route and will instead face the 40-year-old once again.

Deontay Wilder beat Luis Ortiz when they first met in March 2018

While no date or venue has been officially confirmed for the fight as yet, it’s reported by journalist Mike Coppinger that September 28 has been tabbed for the Wilder vs Ortiz rematch.

Meanwhile, ESPN claim the Staples Center in Los Angeles is the likely venue – the same site of the champion’s draw with Tyson Fury last December.

Wilder wrote on social media: Wilder vs Ortiz II – 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.”

Luis Ortiz gave Deontay Wilder all he could handle

When they first fought in 2018, Wilder dropped Ortiz in the fifth round before nearly being stopped himself during a very rough round seven.

Then, in the tenth, the American came through and knocked out the Cuban in dramatic fashion.

Deontay Wilder next fight will be a rematch vs Luis Ortiz and fans think he is ducking Anthony Joshua

29 May

Anthony Joshua wants to fight Deontay Wilder, but the American has other plans.

The current WBC champion announced he has ‘signed’ a contract to fight Luis Ortiz adding on Twitter ‘all my controversial fights must get dealt with ASAP.’

Wilder beat Ortiz in their first fight in New York last year, knocking the Cuban out in the 10th round to inflict his only professional defeat.

His previous fight was a first round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to record the ninth-straight defence of his WBC title.

Joshua, who fights Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on 1 June, recently spoke about wanting face-to-face talks with Wilder to finally arrange a meeting in the ring.

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, clearly frustrated with the failed attempts from promoters and broadcasters to engineer the clash, said: “I think they should sit us down face-to-face and talk about what the issues are man to man and get this fight sorted this year.”

Former heavyweight boxer David Haye believes AJ is the best of the bunch right now due to his unblemished record.

“Anthony Joshua’s never had a draw,” he told talkSPORT.

“If you look at Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, they had a fight, I was strangely happy with a draw because it’s hard to go into an opponent’s back yard and take the title off the champion after being knocked down so heavily, twice.”

Wilder destroyed Breazeale inside a round to retain his WBC crown

Deontay Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel reveals next three fights will be Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Luis Ortiz

24 May

Deontay Wilder will face both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury within his next three fights, according to co-manager Shelly Finkel.

The WBC heavyweight champion successfully defended his title with a brutal first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night in New York, and fans are now demanding to know who will be his future opponents.

Wilder kept hold of the WBC title in his controversial draw with Fury

It has been rumoured that a rematch with Luis Ortiz – who Wilder knocked out in March 2018 – is already agreed to take place later this year, however this is apparently not yet 100 per cent a done deal.

“No, [the Ortiz rumours are] not true,” Finkel told SunSport.

“That is something we are working on now, hopefully by next week it will be resolved.

“I had dinner the other night with John Skipper [DAZN chairman], we discussed the Joshua fight and I also have been in touch with Top Rank [Tyson Fury’s co-promoters].

“In the next two weeks everything will be done, it will be said publicly what we’re doing and I believe the UK fans will also be happy.”

Anthony Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

It had also been reported that, after rematching Ortiz, Wilder is planning to face Adam Kownacki early next year.

Finkel seemingly dispelled this talk, by confirming that the champion’s next three bouts will come against Joshua, Ortiz and Fury – though he did not specify in which order.

“We’re working on that, and those three fighters [Joshua, Fury and Ortiz].

“Deontay will be fighting all of them in a succession which we will hopefully work out in the next couple of weeks.”