Deontay Wilder gets new opponent for return to boxing in November

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The long-awaited result of the WBC's investigation into Luis Ortiz's failed drug test has come to a conclusion and the ruling is final: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is called off.

Wilder, the 31-year-old Tuscaloosa native, won his heavyweight title by beating Stiverne in a 12-round unanimous decision on January 17, 2015 in Las Vegas. The WBC made this decision following Luis Ortiz's recent anti-doping failure which he tested positive for a banned substance.

Stiverne, who was to have faced American Dominic Breazeale, won the WBC crown in 2014 by knocking out American Chris Arreola. Instead, he will be on the main event of the card, which will be televised by Showtime.

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) has defended his WBC heavyweight title five times.

Ortiz was removed after failing a pre-fight drug test as part of the WBC's Clean Boxing Program.

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Wilder is unbeaten in his 38 professional fights and Stiverne is the only opponent to have gone the distance with him.

Wilder said: "In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round and I still dominated".

A victory for Wilder could set the stage for a 2018 unification showdown against the reigning IBF and WBA champ Anthony Joshua, who is 19-0 with every win by knockout. "This time it won't end well for him".

Deontay Wilder will still be fighting on November 4 after all. "We all know that 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.