Wilder-Ortiz is official for March 3

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder knocked down Bermane Stirmane three times in the opening round when the pair fought in November

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

Wilder-Ortiz is a long-awaited matchup of undefeated, consensus top-five fighters facing off in the resurgent heavyweight division and marks Wilder's third appearance at Barclays Center.

Ortiz will be hoping to put behind a turbulent few months behind and get the wheels in motion back in his career with a title opportunity against Wilder.

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Joshua, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, is 20-0 with 20 knockouts and according to the BBC almost set for a March 31 bout at Cardiff against Parker, the World Boxing Organization champion who is 24-0 with 18 knockouts.

The pair were scheduled to fight back in November but Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance and the much-anticipated bout was cancelled.

The bout will mark Wider's third appearance at the Barclay's Center following his previous bout with Bermane Stiverne on November 4th past year, securing a brutal first round knockout against his handpicked mandatory challenger following the then provisional suspension of Ortiz.

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Ortiz avoided a ban after the WBC found he had taken diuretics for high blood pressure, although he was fined.

Anthony Joshua says he is happy to fight Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker next as long as it is for a championship belt.

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