Former interim WBA heavyweight world champion Luis Ortiz was slated to challenge WBC heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder on Nov. 4 at Barclays Center, but failed a drug test late last week.
Following an investigation, the World Boxing Council announced on Wednesday that it has withdrawn its sanction of the fight.
“The WBC has withdrawn its sanction of the Deontay Wilder vs. Ortiz fight, and Wilder will fight next his mandatory fight against Bermane Stiverne,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement. “Specific details will be released at a later date.”
Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s), 31, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will face Stiverne for the second time. Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), 38, a Haiti native fighting out of Las Vegas, lost on points in their encounter for the WBC title in 2015, but he remains the only fighter who has ever gone the distance with Wilder.
Stiverne was already set to fight Dominic Breazeale on the undercard, but now will move into the main event against his arch-rival. It is possible that British contender Dillian Whyte, who offered to step in and replace Ortiz, could face Breazeale.