On Tuesday, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reported Wilder will fight Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Center, citing multiple sources close to the fighters.
Wilder sports a 38-0 record with 37 knockouts, while Ortiz counters with a 27-0 mark and 23 knockouts.
Iole reported Wilder "wanted to fight the best opposition possible to build his case with the public" and that he "is a potential star, but he hasn't had the opponent who would bring him the kind of visibility and media attention to help him take the next step."
According to Iole, Wilder initially eyed IBF-WBA champion Anthony Joshua, but that fight wasn't going to happen in the near future.
Wilder will instead face Ortiz, who is coming off a December victory by technical knockout over David Allen.