Luis Ortiz is officially getting another shot at Deontay Wilder.
The duo will step back in the ring for a rematch on Nov. 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they announced on Saturday. Another win there for Wilder will set up a much-anticipated rematch against Tyson Fury early next year.
Wilder — the 33-year-old WBC champion who boasts a 41-0-1 record — beat Ortiz last March by TKO in the 10th round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder’s last matchup with Fury ended in a draw in December in Los Angeles, marking the first draw of both fighter’s careers.
“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 said, via the Los Angeles Times. “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.”
Ortiz has won his past three fights since his loss to Wilder, most recently beating Christian Hammer by unanimous decision in March.
The 40-year-old’s only loss to date came at the hands of Wilder, too — and he’s more than ready to retake his stop atop the boxing world.
“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, via the Los Angeles Times. “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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