Wilder to face un­beaten Or­tiz

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NEW YORK — WBC heavy­weight cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder is set to meet un­beaten Luis Or­tiz on March 3 at Bar­clays Cen­ter.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is com­ing off a first-round knock­out of Ber­mane Stiverne in Novem­ber. He and Or­tiz were ini­tially sup­posed to fight on that card, but the Cuban was scratched be­cause of a pos­i­tive drug test.

This will be Wilder’s sev­enth ti­tle de­fense. Or­tiz (28-0, 24 KOs) is be­ing billed as his tough­est op­po­nent.

Wilder has had im­pres­sive wins at Bar­lays, in­clud­ing the knock­out of Stiverne and a 2016 knock­out of Ar­tur Szpilka.

Be­fore the first sched­uled bout, Or­tiz was found to have taken two banned di­uret­ics that are of­ten used as mask­ing agents for steroids.

The event is part of Pre­mier Box­ing Cham­pi­ons.

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