Deontay Wilder has appeared to take aim at Luis Ortiz’s chequered past ahead of his WBC heavyweight title defence against the Cuban this weekend.
The American will be making the sixth defence of his title having stopped Bermane Stiverne in November when a match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the Cuban, 38, tested positive for banned substances in a drugs test.
Banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide were detected, but he avoided a ban when the WBC found he took them for high blood pressure and fined him £18,497 for failing to disclose he had taken them.
But Wilder clearly hasn’t forgotten about the incident and appeared to take aim at Ortiz via an Instagram video on Tuesday.
He said: ‘I know y’all been anticipating this fight for so long. Man it’s finally here, I cannot wait. It’s going down baby. Watch me work March 3, be there baby.
‘I promise you, you don’t want to miss this one. This is one of those fights where you sit on the edge of your seat because you don’t know what’s going to happen.
‘Ortiz I don’t give a f*** what you’ve taken, or what you have taken now — nothing is going to be able to stop you so make a decision baby.’
Wilder, a long-term target of IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua, has, in Ortiz, accepted what is widely considered his greatest test yet.
The 32-year-old was present when Ortiz stopped the lightly-regarded Daniel Martz in December, and that night told him: ‘I’ve been wanting you. You messed this up. I blessed you with the opportunity and you messed it up.’
This will be Wilder’s 40th professional fight. He is unbeaten in his previous 39, having won 38 by knockout.
Ortiz is also unbeaten, winning 24 of his 28 fights by KO.