Wilder-Ortiz II Near Official for Nov. 23

After a long period of negotiations, and a push back in target time from September to November, it appears the awaited rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz is nearly set in stone.

Multiple sources tell Boxing Scene that the final details for the WBC heavyweight championship rematch are being worked out and that an announcement is “imminent” and could take place within the next week. The fight is expected to take place on Nov. 23 and take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The pair first met in March 2018 in Brooklyn, with Wilder surviving some trouble from “King Kong” to finish him in the 10th round, handing Ortiz his first pro loss.

Since defeating Ortiz, Wilder battled Tyson Fury to a controversial split draw in December 2018 before scoring a first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in May. Ortiz, meanwhile, scored finishes of Razvan Cojanu and Travis Kauffman before scoring a decision over Christian Hammer in March.

If Wilder gets through Ortiz again, and Fury is able to defeat Otto Wallin next week, then a rematch between Wilder and Fury will be locked into place. Such a fight could take place in February or March 2020, with February 22 being specifically looked at as a potential target date.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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