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(October 12th) Following unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Oriz failed pre-fight failed testing and the subsequent moving of Bermane Stiverne into a rematch main event position with WBC World Heavyweight Champion “The Bronze Bomber” Deontey Wilder previously scheduled Stiverne opponent Dominic Breazeale will now face Weslaco, Texas, Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina a 12-round WBC title eliminator co-feature Saturday, November 4th LIVE on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

The 35-year-old former Wilder opponent, Molina, 26-4, 19Ko’s, 3-1 since being stopped in nine rounds by Wilder, June 2015 having recorded KO wins over Rodricka Ray and Tomasz Adamek, before being stopped a title challenge of Wilder arch rival Anthony Joshua, December 2016, the “Drummer Boy” comes in off a six-round majority decision over Texas journeyman Jamaal Woods, September 2nd.

 

The 6’7” Eastvale, California, heavyweight Breazeale, 18-1, 16Ko’s himself a Anthony Joshua victim, enters off a February 2017 fifth round stoppage of Las Vegas, Nevada’s previously unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh.

 

Heading the already attractive undercard former IBF Welterweight Champion, Shawn “Showtime” Porter, 27-2-1, 17Ko’s faces Cicero, Illinois, ready to go Adrian Granados, 18-5-2, 12Ko’s for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Title.

 

Also in action will be Beverly Hills, California based Sergey Lipinets, 12-0,10Ko’s facing off against Tokyo, Japan’s, Akihiro Kondo, 29-6-1,16Ko’s for the vacant IBF World Super Lightweight Title.

 

In local action Brooklyn’s, five-time world champion Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano, 33-1-1, 25Ko’s meets Dominican Republics, Marilyn “La Cachorrita” Hernandez, 26-10, 17Ko’s. Long Beach, Long Island’s favorite “Irishman” Seanie Monaghan, 28-1-0, 17Ko’s returns to battle against Arboletes, Colombia’s tough Evert Bravo, 23-6-1, 17Ko’s in an eight-round light heavyweight affair and in an eight-round battle of unbeaten featherweights Brooklyn’s 21-year-old, Chris Colbert, 6-0, 2Ko’s squares off against Elmont, Long Island’s, Titus Williams, 7-0, 2Ko’s.

(October 5th) Manager to Luis Ortiz, Jay Jimenez, wants to clarify the current situation with his fighter and the WBC's decision to move to a new opponent. 

 

"To clarify the Luis Ortiz situation, this is the real and only version of the current process. Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC have NOT suspended or removed Luis from their rankings. The WBC's decision was as follows, they did not sanction the fight based off the fact that they are worried for Luis's health.  And to be honest, I must respect and admire their decision because I agree, the fighter's health is paramount. So, the WBC will schedule a visit with one of their approved physicians to check Luis health, and make sure he is 100% healthy and fit to fight, and that the Blood Pressure pills will not affect him physically."

 

"Once Luis has passed all physical exams and is medically cleared to fight by the WBC, we will begin to work on a possible fight towards the end of the year.  Also, once all is resolved, we hope that we can reschedule the Wilder fight in the first quarter of next year. Wilder has shown much interest in fighting Ortiz, and the best fighters in the division, so I know it will not be a hard fight to renegotiate. Thank you to everyone for your support.  This soon will be corrected, and Luis can continue on with his career." ~ Jay Jimenez, Manager of Luis Ortiz

(October 5th) WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was the promising challenger's toughest fight to date. With the win, Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he has gone on to defend the title five times. Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other professional opponent on his long resume.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

The Nov. 4 main event will be the second heavyweight world championship bout to air live on SHOWTIME on back-to-back Saturdays. On Oct. 28 unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will meet Kubrat Pulev for Joshua's IBF and WBA world titles in the main event of a fight card from Cardiff, Wales.

 

After Wilder vs. Stiverne I, Stiverne was hospitalized at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for severe dehydration and muscle damage, which he claimed affected his performance in his first title defense. Stiverne bounced back with a win over Derric Rossy and has been advocating for a rematch since.

 

"Stiverne asked for it, so he's going to get it," Wilder said. "Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive. I'm relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way. At least now I won't have to deal with that down the road.  

 

"In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round, and I still dominated. That was a lot of the reason why it went the distance. This time it's a different day, different time and different fight. This time it won't end well for him.

 

"Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.''

 

Stiverne replaces Luis Ortiz, who was pulled from the fight by the WBC on Wednesday after he failed a VADA anti-doping test.

 

"Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up," Wilder concluded.

 

Stiverne was in camp preparing to fight Dominic Breazeale in a heavyweight attraction on the Nov. 4 undercard. Now the Haitian-born Las Vegas resident gets a shot at winning back the heavyweight crown he first won with a knockout of Chris Arreola in 2014.

 

"I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title from Wilder," Stiverne said. "We all know that Wilder dodged a bullet in the first fight, but not this time. It was my fault, but I learn from my mistakes. On November 4, Wilder will feel my pain."

 

After defeating Stiverne, Wilder went on to knockout each of his next five challengers including twice as the headliner on SHOWTIME. Wilder-Stiverne II will be the 10th heavyweight world championship fight to air live on SHOWTIME in the last two years as the heavyweight division continues its resurgence. 

 

"The show must go on, as they say, and Deontay Wilder still plans to put on a show for New York City," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment and promoter of the stacked Nov. 4 event. "Considering Stiverne's status as mandatory challenger, he was always going to be a roadblock in Deontay's quest for heavyweight unification. Now it's time to see if Deontay can clear that roadblock and continue on his path to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion and the most recognizable and dominant force in boxing."

 

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter will battle perennial contender Adrian Granados in a matchup of two all-action fighters. In the opening bout of the three-fight telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.

(October 2nd) Sports scientist, Victor Conte, reveals in detail, why he believes undefeated heavyweight contender, Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), is innocent in regards to his recent positive drug test.  An expert in the field of scientific nutrition, Conte feels, Ortiz was negligent in declaring his blood pressure medicine, but also believes there is no evidence of intent to cheat. Conte's position is that the WBC heavyweight championship fight between, Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and Luis Ortiz, scheduled for November 4th on Showtime, should move forward without delay.

 

"Unless you have strong evidence of intent to cheat, then you don't have a case," said a stern Victor Conte. "Let the fight go on.  Don't deprive the fans...and the WBC, I hope your listening."

(September 30th) Miami, Florida, based Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz, 27-0, 23Ko's scheduled to face WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder, 38-0, 37Ko's November 4th at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn has put the upcoming bout in jeopardy.

 

Upon receipt of Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) President Dr. Margaret Goodman’s letter informing of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, that the 38-year-old challenger Ortiz has tested positive for the banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide.

 

Team Ortiz including his personal physician immediately responding that the meds in question are being used to treat Ortiz high blood pressure. Chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide discovered by a September 22nd urinalysis can be used as masking agents for (PEDS) performance-enhancing drug use. Under the new WBC voluntary drug testing program the failed drug test leaving Ortiz facing immediate suspension has put the world heavyweight champion bout in serious danger.

 

Wilder in an Instagram statement has declared “I will be fighting November 4 at the Barclay Center. It’s all up to the WBC. Whatever they want to do with it. I already put in the request that I still want to fight him no matter what. But again it’s not up to me, so we’ll see what happens baby.”

 

Former heavyweight champion and Wilder victim Bermane Stiverne, who is already due to fight on the November 4 undercard against Dominic Breazeale has been suggest as a possible remedy.

(September 28th) Former welterweight world champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter will battle Adrian Granados in the featured bout of a stacked undercard for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

 

Unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship to open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

 

Plus, former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former title challenger Dominic Breazeale will meet in a 10-round heavyweight attraction that will stream live on line via SHOWTIME Sports.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

"Deontay Wilder versus Luis Ortiz on November 4 is the best heavyweight championship fight that was makeable this year, and it will be supported by a tremendous action-packed undercard, televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

 

"Shawn Porter versus Adrian Granados is an all-action, fan-pleasing fight that will once again have fans at Barclays Center cheering. Sergey Lipinets is a knockout artist and up-and-coming star, attempting to secure his first world title. Additionally, SHOWTIME will stream other undercard bouts, including what should be a competitive heavyweight title eliminator between top contenders Bermane Stiverne and Dominic Breazeale."

 

"Adrian Granados is as tough as they come and while he may lack the name recognition of Porter, he should not be overlooked,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "You look at his record and he has five losses, but those five losses are three split decisions and two majority decisions and the two draws that are split draws. This is another huge opportunity for him. Adrian feels he's paid his dues and belongs in a fight of this magnitude."

 

The 10-round welterweight match against Granados will be Porter's fourth fight at Barclays Center. Porter won the welterweight title in his debut at the arena with a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013. He lost a narrow decision to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate in Brooklyn, and scored a TKO victory against former welterweight champion Andre Berto in his last fight on April 22 in front of the Barclays Center faithful.

 

The 29-year-old Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, remains one of the top welterweights in the division and aims to secure another title shot with a strong performance against Granados.

 

"To be fighting on an undercard for a Deontay Wilder fight is nothing short of excellent," said Porter. "I'm excited and looking forward to this opportunity. Against Granados I'm getting into the ring with someone who is very established as an amateur and a professional, has great skills and isn't going to go in there and lay down. That's always going to bring out the best in me, and that's always going to create a very exciting match-up. I know that when I do what I'm planning to do, it's going to be exciting, entertaining and fill the seats."

 

Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Chicago, is accustomed to tough assignments and is known for delivering exciting toe-to-toe action. The 28-year-old has been in with Felix Diaz, losing a close majority decision in 2014, and then unbeaten Amir Imam, whom he defeated by TKO in 2015 when Imam was the top contender at 140-pounds. Granados went punch for punch with Adrien Broner in his last match, but came up just short, losing a split decision in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati on Feb. 18.

 

"I'm very excited to be fighting one of the best welterweights in the world in Shawn Porter," said Granados. "With our styles it's going to be fireworks from the opening bell. I was getting ready for a fight in October but when this opportunity arose I jumped at it.

 

It's a tremendous card to be fighting on with the whole world watching and I'm looking to put on a great performance."

 

The 28-year-old Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) is a former kickboxer from Russia who has been waiting nearly a year for his opportunity to fight for a world championship. Lipinets has only been the distance twice in his pro career and he earned his title shot with an eighth-round knockout of Lenny Zappavigna in a title eliminator last December. In his most recent start, Lipinets stopped Clarence Booth via third-round TKO in March at Barclays Center.

 

"I feel very privileged to be in the position to fight for this world title," said Lipinets. "I will prepare to face the best possible fighter on that night and I promise that I will not disappoint. The lights will be bright but I have trained too hard not to leave the ring as a world champion."

 

Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) will be making his U.S. debut and fighting for a world championship for the first time when he meets Lipinets for the 140-pound title. The 32-year-old Kondo, of Kazo, Saitama, Japan, has won eight straight matches, including five by stoppage. This will be his third fight this year after he stopped Komsan Polsan in March and defeated Yuya Okazaki by TKO in May.

 

Former world champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is coming off a two-year absence from the ring. Stiverne, 38, became the first Haitian-born boxer to win the heavyweight title when he defeated Chris Arreola in May of 2014. He lost the title to Wilder by decision on January of 2015 in Las Vegas. In his last fight Stiverne, who moved from Canada and now resides in Las Vegas, Nev., defeated Derric Rossy via decision.

 

The 32-year-old Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team and won his first 17 pro fights before suffering the only loss of his career when he fell short vying for a title against now-unified champion Anthony Joshua in June of 2016. In his last match, the fighter from of Alhambra, Calif. scored a fifth-round TKO victory over Polish heavyweight contender Izu Ugonoh on Feb. 25 in a memorable slugfest.

(September 20th) Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will make his sixth title defense when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis "The Real King Kong'' Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

An exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.

 

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and I'm excited that the time has come to meet Ortiz,'' said Wilder. "Luis Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.''

 

"Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight," said Ortiz. "I'm tired of hearing it. I'm not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that's what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It's going to be a great fight. I can't wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.''

 

"This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the best, regardless of the risk," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He will knock 'King Kong' off the Empire State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays Center."

 

"The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4," said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. "Deontay is facing his toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of the action and can't wait until fight night."

 

"Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  "We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them.  It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year and the 16th time we've seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head.  It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than SHOWTIME."

 

"On November 4 Barclays Center will once again host one of the year's best fights," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Deontay has made his mark in Brooklyn, and I am thrilled to welcome him back to our ring alongside a tough competitor in Luis Ortiz, who will be fighting here for the first time."

 

The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the only reigning American heavyweight world champion, won his WBC title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015 -the birthday of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

 

Wilder, a Bronze Medal winner for the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games, has successfully defended the title five times. In his previous defense at Barclays Center, Wilder scored a memorable ninth-round knockout over Artur Szpilka back in Jan. 2016. In his most recent defense, Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. stopped Gerald Washington via fifth-round technical knockout before a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Feb. 25.

 

The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba by way of Miami, Fla., will make his SHOWTIME and Barclays Center debut when he meets Wilder for his first title shot. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is the No. 1-ranked contender by the WBC.

 

If Ortiz wins, he will become the first Cuban born fighter to win a heavyweight world championship.

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