Wilder “Knew” AJ Fight Wasn’t Happening This Year

Deontay Wilder had many heads scratching this week, as the WBC world heavyweight champion announced he was facing Luis Ortiz for the second time.

The news comes the same week of Wilder’s rival and fellow world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, defending his belts against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Many thought the two would finally sit down after the fight and schedule a showdown for the undisputed title, Wilder was not one of those people.

“I knew none of these major fights were going to happen this year, so why not go ahead and get Ortiz II in there?” Wilder told The Los Angeles Times.

“This was the perfect time to finish (the fight) in a better fashion. And better than to wait on ‘this major fight.’

“I do not trust anything that (Joshua’s team) say. And who else is fighting Ortiz?


“The ones who hate this, I understand that because they want Wilder-Joshua,” Wilder continued.

“Everyone is impatient. They want what they want. But knowing I’m the most exciting heavyweight in the world, you’ll still watch the fight (against Ortiz), no matter what, because I bring the drama and the pain.”

Report: Los Angeles Times

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