Deontay Wilder has snubbed a unification bout with Anthony Joshua and a rematch with Tyson Fury -- for now at least -- after revealing his next opponent.
Earlier this month, the 33-year-old Alabama-born boxer produced a stunning first-round knockout against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in New York City to retain his WBC Heavyweight Championship.
While there had been rumblings that a potential unification match could happen before the end of 2019, the Bronze Bomber has confirmed that a rematch with Luis Ortiz will move ahead instead.
"To all my fans, I want to announce that Luis Ortiz and I have signed for a rematch, with the date and site to be announced shortly," he wrote on Twitter.
"All my controversial fights. Must get dealt with ASAP!!"
The American fought Ortiz back in 2018, and despite winning the bout in the tenth round by TKO, the 40-year-old Cuban boxer wobbled Wilder in the seventh round.
Fury, who is set to fight German boxer Tom Schwarz in June, had expressed his desire to have a rematch with Wilder following their controversial draw last year, but he would most likely have to make his way past Dillian Whyte first.
After all, the World Boxing Council has ordered for the two Brits to fight and promoter Eddie Hearn believes that the duo will compete against one another.
AJ, who is set to face Andy Ruiz Jr on 1st June, has admitted that he wants a unification match to move ahead with Wilder, saying that he would be willing to sit down with him to discuss terms for the fight.
"Saturday night, win and look good, then it's straight to Wilder," he told Sky Sports.
"There's been a lot of interest around the whole fight. The Jarrell Miller situation, the Wilder situation, Fury, Dillian Whyte all these heavyweights.
"It's my time to shine now, so it's good, I feel the buzz, it's really good. There's steps, without all the hardship I went through.
"I'd never be at MSG and without the fight Saturday night, going through the tough times, emotions, physical struggle, I'd never get to Wilder.
"So, I've got to get through that and straight on to the big fight. They should sit us down face to face, that would be good.
"I think they should sit us down face to face and talk about what the issues are man to man and get this fight sorted this year."
Shelly Finkel, the co-manager of Wilder, recently said his boxer's next three fights would be against Joshua, Fury and Ortiz.
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