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Deontay Wilder tweets after fight vs Luis Ortiz is announced

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The heavyweight division seems to be going through a bit of resurgence currently and another eagerly awaited clash has been confirmed for March, when WBC champion Deontay Wilder takes on the Cuban Luis Ortiz.

The two fighters have signed a deal to face each other in Brooklyn, New York, but there is still some bad blood in the air, after Ortiz was forced to pull out of the clash, when it was originally scheduled for last November, after he failed a random drug test just weeks before.

If the fight does go ahead this time on March 3, it will signal the start of what should be a fantastic year for heavyweight boxing and certainly not one to be missed.

Even ring announcing legend Michael Buffer tweeted his excitement after the announcement.

"Great job by @PBCJordanHardy and that’s a fight I’d pay to see..unfortunately I’m being paid to work elsewhere on that night as @KrusherKovalev is fighting on HBO at @TheGarden which means big time boxing is alive & well! Gr8t for the fans!"

Nevertheless, there is clearly still some bad blood between the pair since their first scheduled bout was cancelled.

Wilder's first tweet after the news broke summed his reaction up pretty well: "I don't want no excuses this time."

Both fighters are unbeaten in their professional careers and another win for Wilder - particularly after his stunning first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne at the end of 2017 - would rise his stock yet further and leave a potential clash with Anthony Joshua as a truly mouth-watering prospect.

Wilder will feel he has another point to prove against the man who calls himself the 'The Real King Kong' after getting into the ring and challenging the Cuban in person just moments after Ortiz had knocked off another routine win last December.

Hopefully next time the two face each other in the ring it will be for real.

If Wilder comes through this encounter, and Joshua manages to dispatch the WBO champion Joseph Parker, the most anticipated heavyweight clash for decades could well be in the offing this summer.

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