Saturday night is the opportunity of a lifetime for Luis Ortiz, as the 38-year-old from Cuba can become WBC heavyweight champion.
Previously, Ortiz held the WBA interim title, but that was nullified with a no-contest when he was stripped for a failed drug test.
Ortiz will challenge Deontay Wilder from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn live on Showtime.
“I’m psyched and I’m ready for Saturday night. I have no worries at all about being the underdog. I will knock Deontay Wilder out,” Ortiz said. “I’m anxious. I’m ready to get in the ring. It’s been a long wait but it is almost time to fight and I just can’t wait.
“I’m here for my world title. I’m here to win the heavyweight championship of the world. Winning the belt is the only thing on my mind.”
As an amateur, Ortiz (28-0) captured silver at the 2005 Moscow World Cup in the heavyweight division. He has bested the likes of Malik Scott, David Allen and Bryant Jennings in recent years.
“It’s going to be big for me to get this win on Saturday for myself and for Cuban boxing. This is what makes me happy and gives me thrills. It will all be worth it on Saturday night,” Ortiz said. “I am the champ. Saturday night, I show everyone why.”