Wilder says he has no concerns about the fight, and that Fury will be up next.
With WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) penciled-in to take on Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) in a September rematch, Wilder once again emphasizes the fact that he’s taking on Ortiz because he considers him to be a fighter everyone else is avoiding.
Wilder begins by citing the ‘controversy’ in the first fight, specifically as it pertains to when the champion was seemingly afforded extra time to recover from an Ortiz onslaught.
“They made it seem like when the referee called me over, he was giving me extra energy or extra time to breathe. I don’t know where they get that from, but some people ran with that.”
But when asked if he had any concern that Ortiz might test positive for banned substances as he has in the past, Wilder dismisses the notion, acknowledging the the name of the game is to ‘not get caught’ but says it’s not something he’s preoccupied with.
“If Ortiz makes the approach to want to cheat then shame on him, that’d be bad for him and his family. Bad that he already doesn’t get the big fights because no one wants to fight him, that’d be really taking away from his family, that’d be a selfish move if he did that,” he concluded.
Wilder, 33, is most recently coming off a brutal first round stoppage of Dominic Breazeale in May, while Ortiz has reeled off three straight wins since losing that battle with Wilder in March of last year.