IT was initially thought that Deontay Wilder’s decision to announce a WBC heavyweight title defence against Luis Ortiz last week was deliberately timed to undermine Anthony Joshua’s own WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title defence against Andy Ruiz.
Probably a correct assumption to make, it achieved this to some extent. Wilder, in outlining his own schedule and removing himself from the equation, put a stop to Joshua and anyone else using his name to try and sell Joshua vs. Ruiz as some sort of next step to Joshua vs. Wilder. He would say he took the power back.
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