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Deontay Wilder: I still want to fight Luis Ortiz, no matter what

Deontay Wilder says he’s willing to go ahead against Luis Ortiz, despite the drug test failure.

Deontay Wilder Media Workout Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images

Deontay Wilder says he’ll still be defending his WBC heavyweight title on November 4 in Brooklyn, and that he’s even willing to go ahead with his planned fight against Luis Ortiz, who failed a drug test this week.

Here’s what Wilder said on Instagram:

“I will be fighting November 4th at the Barclays Center. Announcement’s coming soon, we’ll see what’s going on, we’ll try to resolve this matter as soon, as fast as possible. I know for sure November 4th it’s still going down. It’s all up to the WBC, whatever they wanna do with it.

“I’ve already put in the request that I still want to fight him no matter what. These motherfuckers are just gonna do these PEDs. If you need some help with me, fine, let’s make this shit still happen. But it’s not up to me.”

It’s unlikely that Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO) will be allowed to fight Wilder (38-0, 37 KO), but someone will be happy to step in for a shot at the belt and a decent payday. It won’t be anyone we really want to see, probably, but it’s not like this is Wilder’s fault. Once again, he’s signed up for a test, and once again, the other guy failed.