Wilder vs Ortiz: World heavyweight title fight live on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 26/02/18 2:50pm
Deontay Wilder undertakes the most difficult assignment of his career by fighting Luis Ortiz in a defence of his world heavyweight title in the early hours of March 4.
The WBC belt is on the line in this fascinating contest in Brooklyn, New York, between unbeaten punchers with contrasting styles.
Watch Wilder vs Ortiz live on Sky Sports Action or Main Event from 2am on Sunday morning.
World heavyweight title fight
Wilder is fighting by far the most dangerous opponent of his 39-fight career. So far, he has knocked out every opponent (with the exception of Bermane Stiverne in their first meeting, but Wilder flattened him inside a round in the rematch).
Ortiz will provide a far stiffer test. Unbeaten in 28, the Cuban is somewhat of a unique test in the heavyweight division as a southpaw with a wily defence and a thumping counter-punch.
Wilder's ultra-offensive style and propensity to swing shots could as easily give Ortiz a rude awakening, or backfire if the challenger can land sneaky, hidden punches.
What is on the line?
Ask Anthony Joshua. The WBC belt, which Wilder defends against Ortiz, is the only world title that will not be contested when Joshua meets Joseph Parker live on Sky Sports Box Office on March 31. Someone must soon own all the marbles.
Wilder and Joshua have long exchanged barbs from either side of the Atlantic, both believing they are the undisputed heavyweight champion in waiting. They each undertake major fights in March and, by virtue of going first, Wilder has the opportunity to lay down a benchmark.
How can I watch?
The world heavyweight title fight at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, will be live on Sky Sports from 2am on Sunday morning, but you can also follow the action via skysports.com, the Sky Sports mobile app and @SkySportsBoxing on Twitter.
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC title on the line against Luis Ortiz at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, live on Sky Sports from 2am on Sunday.