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Luis Ortiz ready for Deontay Wilder: ‘Somebody’s going to hit the canvas’ in title fight

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We’re just one week away from the highly anticipate heavyweight title scrap between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, and it appears this time, the fight will finally happen.

Wilder was set to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Ortiz in November, but the Cuban tested positive for the banned substances chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide. Now, they’ll set to meet again in Brooklyn in a fight televised by Showtime.

Both big men are fearsome punchers, but it’s Ortiz who is the superior boxer.

“It’s going to be a hell of a fight and somebody’s going to hit the canvas,” Ortiz, 38, said through his manager Jay Jimenez on a media conference call this week. “While he keeps hyping himself and hyping himself and trying to believe in himself, it’s going to be a bad night for him.

“He’s talking about PEDs. I’ve taken seven tests in a month and a week, seven blood and urine tests for VADA and the New York Commission.”

Wilder hopes to meet Anthony Joshua later this year in a super fight, provided the Brit gets past Joseph Parker in a unification bout later this month. But Ortiz says it doesn’t matter whether Joshua wins or not.

“That fight isn’t going to happen,” Ortiz said. “That fight is not going to happen. Everybody that talks as much as Deontay loses. Brandon Rios just the other day was talking and talking and talking and talking against Danny Garcia and look what happened.

“None of this talk bothers me. He can talk all he wants. Deontay is trying to convince himself.”

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger