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When Is Deontay Wilder’s Next Fight?

Modern heavyweight boxing is very different from the Muhammad Ali era of boxing. The men are taller, have longer arms, and they’re likely more skilled than the boxers of the past. Deontay Wilder is one of those modern heavyweights. He’s known as one of the most fearsome knockout artists in the sport today. So when will Deontay Wilder return to the ring?

November 9th, 2019

On November 9th, Deontay Wilder will have a rematch with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz in a venue somewhere in Los Angeles. The two men first fought an exhilarating back-and-forth bout in March of 2018. Both men were undefeated going into that fight, and the winner would walk home with the WBC heavyweight belt.

This was probably Wilder’s biggest test ever. Many fans didn’t like Wilder because most of the boxers that he fought just weren’t on his level. To those fans, they thought that Anthony Joshua, who held several heavyweight titles, was the real heavyweight champion of the world. 

However, Wilder proved everyone wrong when he took Ortiz’s best punches on the chin, almost lost by knockout, and then came back and knocked Ortiz out in the 10th round. This fight proved that both men were great heavyweight boxers and that they were both championship fighters.

Ortiz went on to win his next 3 fights, 2 by knockout. Thus earning himself another shot at Wilder. Wilder meanwhile, fought Tyson Fury, another man that fans considered to be one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world. In an extremely controversial fight, the two men fought to a draw, thus preserving both men’s undefeated records.

Deontay Wilder landed the harder shots and almost knocked Fury out several times, but Fury managed to be elusive and evade most of Wilder’s punches. Fury definitely won more rounds than Wilder did, but because of the two massive knockdowns that Wilder got, the judges scored the fight as a draw. 

After that controversial fight, Wilder defended his belt against Dominic Breazeale, knocking him out inside the first round. That was the Wilder that people wanted to see, and that’s the Wilder that people are expecting to show up on November 9th against Ortiz.

February 22nd, 2020

Apparently, according to talkSPORT, Wilder has also signed another fight contract, this one being a rematch against Fury. Win or lose, Wilder’s next fight after Ortiz will be against Fury. While Wilder is preparing to fight Ortiz, Fury will fight the relatively unknown Swedish boxer, Otto Wallin, on September 14th. 

Assuming neither Wilder nor Fury suffer any accidents or injuries, then the two men are scheduled to settle their first fight on February 22nd. In their first fight, Fury was still out of shape, as he had just come back from a long layoff from the sport. Fury hopes to decisively beat Wilder, and Wilder, of course, hopes to knock Fury out, once and for all. 

Andy Ruiz or Anthony Joshua?

After February 22nd, assuming again that nothing goes wrong, things get murkier for Wilder. Fans and commentators have long wanted to see him fight Anthony Joshua, but that fight never happened. 

Furthermore, after Andy Ruiz knocked Joshua out in the upset of the year, the two men are scheduled for a rematch in Saudi Arabia on December 7th. Andy Ruiz was a short-notice replacement, so Joshua didn’t have much time to prepare for him. No matter who wins this rematch, the winner should fight against the winner of Wilder vs. Fury 2.

Fans still doubt Ruiz’s skills, so many expect Joshua to beat Ruiz in the rematch. Many fans are also expecting Wilder to beat Ortiz again, so whether or not Wilder finally fights Joshua just comes down to how he performs against Fury in their rematch

Either way, these next few months will be exciting for Deontay Wilder fans and boxing fans alike.