BROOKLYN (March 1, 2018) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder(39-0, 38 KOs) and unbeaten contender Luis Ortiz(28-0, 24 KOs) exchanged words and went face to face at the final press conference in Manhattan on Thursday.
Ortiz was scheduled to fight Wilder back in November, but after a positive test for a banned substance, which Ortiz said came from his high blood pressure medicine, the fight was canceled.
Fortunately for Ortiz, the WBC agreed with him, and now, he has been given another opportunity to fight for Wilder’s WBC belt on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn(SHOWTIME).
Today, Ortiz talked about this opportunity and what he expects to happen on Saturday:
“I never say anything bad about fighters because inside the ring, anything can happen,” Ortiz said on Thursday. “I respect everyone who steps into the ring. This is my opportunity. This is my time. Deontay is a great champion but this is my chance.
“Like I always say, this is my time and it’s going to be a great triumph. This is big for all of Cuban boxing and I will make my country proud.
“This is going to be like two trains on the same track about to collide. I’m going to win and I’m going to take his belt.
“This is not a video game. This is not using controllers. You have to actually step into the ring with me on Saturday night.
“Deontay is scared. He’s talking a lot of nonsense. He’s worried about what I’m going to do. This is my time. I’m going to show everyone.
“I’m 100 percent ready to go. Sparring has been amazing and I’m totally prepared for Deontay Wilder. Deontay’s biggest mistake is that he talks too much.
“I looked into his eyes and I knew that I’m not going to lose this opportunity. I’m going to be the first Cuban and the first Latino born outside the country to win a title. Saturday night will be historic.
“The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title and beat you for your belt. I’m going to make the most of my chance and knock Deontay Wilder out.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or call 800-745-3000. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
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