Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Wilder-Stiverne 2 set for November 4 in Brooklyn

Wilder-Stiverne 2 set for November 4 in Brooklyn

Former interim WBA heavyweight world champion Luis Ortiz was slated to challenge WBC heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder on November 4 at Barclays Center, but failed a drug test late last week.

Wilder, the 31-year-old Tuscaloosa native, won his heavyweight title by beating Stiverne in a 12-round unanimous decision on January 17, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Ortiz was scratched from the card after the WBC withdrew its sanction because of the positive test last week. The results came back late September 28, and Ortiz's "A" sample tested positive for the banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, which are used to treat high blood pressure but also can be used as masking agents for performance-enhancing drug use.

The contest is expected to take place on the date pencilled in for Wilder v Ortiz as Stiverne was already set to fight on the undercard.

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Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) will be making his sixth title defense against Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), who he beat by a lopsided decision in their first fight to win the title.

Ortiz failed a VADA urine drug test conducted on September 22 at his training camp in Miami. He is 27-0 with 23 knockouts in his career. "On Nov. 4, Wilder will feel my pain".

"Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. That was a lot of the reason why it went the distance", said Wilder. "Considering Stiverne's status as mandatory challenger, he was always going to be a roadblock in Deontay's quest for heavyweight unification".

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