The contest is a rematch of their January 2015 collision, which saw Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dominate Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) for a twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBC title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A unsafe bout against Alexander Povetkin a year ago was canceled when Povetkin also failed a random pre-fight VADA test for a banned substance. "This time it won't end well for him".
The fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz has been up in the air over the last week or so since the WBC president tweeted that he received news from VADA that Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance per their "Clean Boxing Program".
"Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive".
Stiverne is a replacement for Luis Ortiz, who was forced to drop out after he failed a drug test and forced the WBC to remove its sanction of the fight.
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He additionally looked into another potential focus in Beantown - the Boston Center for the Arts, authorities said . There is no indication he ever traveled to Boston or Chicago , the officials said.
"I'm relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way".
He has talked up a clash with IBF and WBA champ Anthony Joshua but knows that first, he must overcome Stiverne. He is 27-0 with 23 knockouts in his career.
Wilder added: "Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world".
"I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder", Stiverne said. "Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time".
The Haitian-born heavyweight known as, B.WARE, remains the only fighter out of 38, not to be knocked out by Wilder.