DEONTAY WILDER has confirmed that he will take on Cuban Luis Ortiz on November 23 in Las Vegas, two weeks before another heavyweight return sees Andy Ruiz Jnr and Anthony Joshua collide in Saudi Arabia.
Doubts had been building about both contests. Wilder was slow to formally announce the Ortiz return, and an escalation in the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran led to concerns Ruiz-Joshua II would have to be moved to another site.
Wilder, who is Joshua’s long-term enemy, initially declared his intention to fight Ortiz again days before Ruiz defeated “AJ” in New York, nearly four months ago. It was quickly followed by news that a deal had also been reached for Wilder to rematch Tyson Fury next year. It meant that Andy Ruiz, the man who would soon win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, barely got a mention at his own pre-fight press conference as the Joshua-Wilder-Ortiz-Fury merry go round stole the attention.