Boxing: Deontay Wilder confirms rematch with Luiz Ortiz

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title when he fights Luis Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 24 (NZ time). 

The highly-anticipated rematch will reprise their enthralling 2018 New York bout, which the 'Bronze Bomber' won in a 10th round TKO to inflict on Ortiz the only defeat of the Cuban's career.

"When I fought Ortiz, not only did he have the pedigree, but also he had the classification of being the boogeyman of the division," Wilder told reporters.

"I agree with those who say that Luis Ortiz was my toughest fight to date. No one wanted to fight him, and they still don't. In the rematch, there's more confidence and more motivation to do what I have to do.

"I've already seen the style before. It's going to make it more fun. I can't wait to see how he tries to handle me when I'm at my best."

American Wilder, with a career record of 41 wins (40 by knockout) and one draw, has held the WBC title since 2015.

Since beating 'King Kong', Wilder fought to a draw with Briton Tyson Fury last December, before knocking out compatriot Dominic Breazeale in the first round in May.

Boxing: Deontay Wilder confirms rematch with Luiz Ortiz

Veteran Ortiz has posted three victories since his loss to Wilder last year.

"I have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit for taking this fight because it shows he has the heart of a true champion," Ortiz said.

"He is not at all scared to take a dangerous fight, because let's be honest, this is the most dangerous fight for him. In my opinion, he's the best heavyweight in the world until someone beats him, and that's exactly what I'm going to do."

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Reuters 

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