Wilder-Ortiz 2 Official for November 23
It’s official — the WBC heavyweight championship rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Luis Ortiz will take place on November 23 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It will be a rematch of their March 2018 encounter, which saw Ortiz give Wilder trouble before “The Bronze Bomber” finished him in the 10th round.
This will be Wilder’s 10th defense since winning the WBC championship in January 2015. That was the only time he did not stop an opponent in a victory — the only other time being his December 2018 controversial split draw with Tyson Fury.
Wilder was last in action in May, knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round.
Since his loss in the original fight with Wilder, Ortiz has put up three consecutive victories over Răzvan Cojanu, Travis Kauffman and Christian Hammer.
Should Wilder win this rematch, a second showdown with Tyson Fury in early 2020 should become official.
The undercard will be headlined by Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores fighting for the vacant WBA (Super) super featherweight championship. It will be Santa Cruz’s first fight at 130 pounds after vacating the WBA featherweight title. The two were scheduled to meet in a February title bout until Flores suffered an ankle injury.