Ortiz Aims to Spoil Wilder-Fury II Plans

With a win tonight, Deontay Wilder will just about guarantee a WBC heavyweight title rematch between him and Tyson Fury sometime during the first part of 2020. There is just one issue — he has to get past Luis Ortiz first, and Ortiz has other ideas in mind.

A second fight between Wilder and Fury is tentatively scheduled for February 22, but Wilder must defeat Ortiz for anything to go into effect. Wilder is the betting favorite, but Ortiz cares not for odds or other fight contracts.

“That’s just ink on paper,” Oritz said. “It doesn’t mean [anything]. He’s gotta go through me, so it’s gonna get real for everybody November 23.”

Wilder and Ortiz first battled in March 2018, with Ortiz troubling Wilder in the seventh round before Wilder put him away in the 10th. Nine months later, Fury seemed to be on his way to a win over Wilder before “The Bronze Bomber” dropped him twice in the fight, one of which came in the 12th round and saw an alleged, heavily-debated “slow count” and resulted in a split draw.

Fury is not scheduled to be in attendance for Wilder vs. Ortiz II in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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