“I’m looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to defend my title for a seventh time” Wilder said.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is planning to score another bruising knockout on March 3rd, when he faces Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs).

The fight was officially announced on Tuesday, and takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Ortiz has never been seriously hurt or down as a professional.

The two boxers initially scheduled to fight last November, at Barclays, but the contest was canceled after Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test.

The World Boxing Council conducted an investigation and deemed that Ortiz's prescribed medication for high blood pressure was the root cause for the failed test.

When Ortiz was pulled out, he was replaced by Bermane Stiverne, who at the time was Wilder's mandatory challenger. The Canadian fighter was already scheduled to fight on the undercard and quickly stepped in.

Stiverne is the only boxer to go the distance with Wilder, when the Olympic bronze medal winner first captured the WBC title in January 2015 with a twelve round unanimous decision.

The rematch was the complete opposite, when Wilder blasted out Stiverne with three hard knockdowns for a first round KO victory.

In December, Wilder and Ortiz came face to face in Miami and traded words before a live televised audience on Fox Sports 1 – setting the stage for them to fight again.

Now Wilder plans to make Ortiz the next knockout victim when they meet in the ring.

"I'm looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to defend my title for a seventh time,'' Wilder said.

"Luis Ortiz is one of the toughest guys around and he's supposed to be the boogeyman in the heavyweight division. But I've never been afraid of the boogeyman and I've knocked out every opponent that I've faced. I plan on keeping that streak going. Everyone standing in my way of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion has to go down. It's Luis Ortiz's turn.''

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