Deontay Wilder Defeats Luis Ortiz to Retain WBC Title

  • Deontay Wilder Defeats Luis Ortiz to Retain WBC Title

Deontay Wilder Defeats Luis Ortiz to Retain WBC Title

And when Wilder tasted the power of his bigger and heavier challenger, the reigning champ had to dig deep in his arsenal to survive a scary round seven that saw Ortiz go berserk - raining a flurry of punches that had Wilder dazed and crouched by the ropes.

"I just want to get back in the ring, hopefully earn a rematch and fight for one of the other titles".

"I'm ready right now".

"He put up a great fight, he was a great contender and my hats go out to him".

Both men had their moments in round 9 but Wilder seemed to get the better of it when he momentarily stunner Ortiz with a straight right.

Victory keeps the American on course for a clash with Joshua when all four heavyweight titles could be on the line, if the Briton can beat Joseph Parker in Cardiff on 31 March. Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a boring series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead.

'It's easy. It's about time for somebody to say it and come out with it and I don't care who hears it. While Joshua and Wilder have both demonstrated the ability to come back from near knockout losses, ask Lennox Lewis if heavyweights are always that lucky.

So, we now look toward Wilder vs Anthony Joshua, the Heavyweight division's most anticipated showdown.

Hearn bemoans the fact that he believes purses to be always 10-20% lighter than they should be for a fight of this nature, money being creamed off by people similar to himself, and was bemused as to why Wilder took $2.1 million to Ortiz's $500,000. In fact, the champion had been lucky to reach the bell in the seventh. "I am ready whenever those guys are", Wilder said after his victory at the at Barclays Center arena in NY. Ortiz even hurt Wilder on a number of occasions with Wilder's legs buckling down, but Wilder was never knocked down to the surprise of many watching the fight.

"I once made a promise to him that I'd knock him out any time, any place, anywhere".

"When I read them, I thought you can't be saying that".

"It seems like they aren't in a rush to fight me because I am the most unsafe man in the world".

In round five the fight started, Ortiz was clipped, cuffed and stumbled untidily over for a draining count. "This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight".

But with no date set to fight England's Joshua, Wilder had to face the unsafe counter-punching Ortiz (28-1). "I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know". What makes the bout fascinating is that Joshua also exhibited the same resilience and heart in his 2017 war with Wladimir Klitschko, when he got off the deck to stop the former heavyweight kingpin in the 11th.