Wilder, Ortiz fight rescheduled

Meanwhile, Britain's Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF and WBA belts, is close to confirming his unification clash with New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker, according to reports in the UK.

The bout will mark Wider's third appearance at the Barclay's Center following his previous bout with Bermane Stiverne on November 4th a year ago, securing a brutal first round knockout against his handpicked mandatory challenger following the then provisional suspension of Ortiz.

The "Bronze Bomber" was due to take on Ortiz in November, only for the Cuban to test positive for a banned substance.

Luis Ortiz

"We are thrilled to welcome the heavyweight champ back to Barclays Center", said Brett Yormark, chief executive of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Wednesday, January 17 at noon. "Deontay's long-awaited bout with Ortiz is sure to be one of 2018's best matchups".

After stopping Stiverne in November, Wilder called out Joshua, saying, "I been waiting on that boy for a long time now. I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby".

Anthony Joshua says he is happy to fight Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker next as long as it is for a championship belt.

Vanessa Coleman