Fighter of the Week: Deontay Wilder

On an absolutely packed weekend of boxing, that saw a rugged eight loss veteran finally capture a world title. A young upstart champion pushed to the limit and being forced to settle for a disputed draw as well as a star-making performance from and all world, elite, pound for pound level champion in a life and death scrap with a domestic level journeyman. One giant man’s performance and giant right-hand stood head and shoulders above all other performances. As the Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder’s single right hand secured him a seventh-round stoppage of Luis King Kong Ortiz. in Stopping Ortiz The Alabama man made the 10th consecutive defense of his WBC strap, earned our fighter of the week award and preserved his mega-fight rematch with lineal heavyweight champ Tyson Fury which is tentatively scheduled for February 22nd.

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Deontay Wilder has said repeatedly that his opponents have to be perfect for 12 rounds, but he only needed to be perfect for two seconds. He once again proved that sentiment true. The Bronze Bomber was bailed out by his power against Luis King Kong Ortiz for the second time in two years. Through 17 rounds and two fights, Ortiz has proven to be the superior boxer but Wilder’s straight right hand has been the great equalizer and to be too much for the sturdy chin or Ortiz. The Cuban was able to use his southpaw jab and straight left to dominate most of the first six rounds, building up a sizeable lead on the cards. Ortiz won all but one round on two of the three cards and held a wide lead on the third card as well. However, it was all for not. As the Bronze Bomber was able to find his range and pick his shot. Towards the end of the seventh round Wilder lander, according to Compubox, his 35th and final shot. A straight right hand to the temple of the challenger, that ended the night abruptly and gave Wilder his 42 win and 41st knockout in his 43 professional fights. In the post-fight interview Wilder said “To be honest, I never worry if I’m losing the fight or not I’m blessed with something these guys aren’t blessed with. It’s tremendous power. When you have power like I have, I don’t worry whether I’m losing rounds or not. I don’t want my mind to be cloudy. Sooner or later it’s going to come and bam baby, good night.”

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By stopping Luis Ortiz in the rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena, The Bronze Bomber has secured a rematch against Tyson Fury, whom most spectators thought Wilder was extremely fortunate to earn a draw within their first meeting back in December of 2018. Fury suffered a horrific cut above his right eye back in September against Otto Wallin. The cut could potentially push Fury’s return out a little further than the February date. If The American wants to take a fight in the interim he will have no shortages of lucrative options. The winner of the Joshua-Ruiz rematch would be the obvious choice, specifically if Ruiz should win. Both, Wilder and Ruiz are represented by Al Haymon and PBC and the fight would be easy to make and extremely profitable for all parties. He could also make a fight with Dillian Whyte who is currently ranked number one by the WBC.


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