Wilder’s Opponent Tests Positive
Deontay Wilder has reportedly lost his opponent for his upcoming title defense, but plans to fight on February 25 regardless. Andrez Wawrzyk was set to face Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title, but the WBC informed promoter Lou DiBella that Wawrzyk tested positive for an anabolic steroid.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that ESPN obtained a letter from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) that confirmed Wawrzyk’s failed test.
Wawryzk will no longer be facing Wilder at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, but the WBC champion is on the hunt for a new opponent so the title defense can go on as scheduled.
DiBella took to Twitter to reassure fans that Wilder will indeed be fighting in his hometown as planned, writing:
"Not just as of now, Deontay Wilder WILL defend WBC HW Title in #Birmingham, 2/25. Stay tuned. Proud to promote a clean champ!"
It is unclear whether Wilder’s team is close to making a deal with any potential replacement challengers. Wilder is not expected to face a top-tier opponent, as this title defense marks his comeback from a number of surgeries that has kept him out since July.