Boxing fans will have to wait a while before seeing Deontay Wilder face off against Anthony Joshua following the news that the Bronze Bomber is set to face Luis Ortiz in a rematch of their 2018 bout.
The WBC Heavyweight champion made the announcement last night via Twitter.
Wilder v Ortiz II 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
To all my fans,
I want to announce that Luis Ortiz and I have signed for a rematch, with the date and site to be announced shortly.
All my controversial fights
Must get dealt with ASAP‼️#BombZquad pic.twitter.com/RZs7vLEhaj
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 28, 2019
Wilder returned to action earlier this month following his bruising encounter with Tyson Fury back in December, knocking out Dominic Breazeale in just 137 seconds.
Fans have long been calling for Wilder and Joshua to face-off in an eagerly anticipated unification fight, however, the American will now face Ortiz for a second time after stopping the Cuban veteran via 10th round stoppage in 2018.
Wilder admitted to Showtime that both he and Joshua’s management team need to get the fight done for the sake of boxing fans around the globe.
“The great thing about this is all these fights are in discussion, no doors are closed, all teams, all parties that are involved are talking and that’s the great thing about it,” Wilder said.
“We know when the big fights happen everything is going to be silenced. There’s too many people involved, too many opinions involved right now.
“It’s going to take my team and his team, maybe me and him as well, to sit down and hammer this and squash everything and get this fight done for the fans.”
However, Wilder assured fans that a unification fight with Joshua will happen in the future.
“This fight will happen. The big fight will happen, I promise you that, with patience, come time, and I just want you guys to have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen so we all benefit from it, not only just you fans.
“We risk our lives in here so we want to make sure we get the best and the most money that’s possible.
“We’re risking our lives. The head is not meant to be hit in the first place so let us get our time to iron out all the differences and you guys will know when that happens.”