Deontay Wilder says mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne will 'get it'

Deontay Wilder will defend his piece of the heavyweight title November 4 against Bername Stiverne, after original opponent Luis Ortiz was scratched because of a positive drug test.

Stiverne is the only man to have gone 12 rounds with Wilder in the professional ranks, having taken their title clash to the judges when they met in Las Vegas in January 2015. The WBC made this decision following Luis Ortiz's recent anti-doping failure which he tested positive for a banned substance.

The contest is expected to take place on the date pencilled in for Wilder v Ortiz as Stiverne was already set to fight on the undercard. However, given the circumstances, Showtime announced Thursday that it will televise the bout as part of a tripleheader beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Ortiz's status as the WBA's mandatory challenger to Joshua's heavyweight title is up in the air, but it is not hard to believe that the WBA may decide to replicate the WBC's ruling and not sanction a title fight between Joshua and Ortiz.

31, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will face Stiverne for the second time.


"Deontay Wilder is a coward, he wanted to fight Luis Ortiz, because Ortiz is old and been inactive for a long time".

"I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder", Stiverne said.

It is the only fight in Wilder's pro career to go the distance and one where he suffered a broken right hand. "Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time".

Promoter Lou DiBella would have preferred to put on Wilder against Ortiz, but he is also rolling with the punches of the late change.


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