Deontay Wilder Survives Vicious Onslaught To KO Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder Survives Vicious Onslaught To KO Luis Ortiz

And what conclusions can we draw from the WBC world heavyweight champion's seventh successful title defence?

Wilder's heavyweight rivals - Anthony Joshua among them - will have been encouraged by his seventh-round crisis.

Wilder certainly won't go down as the most technically sound heavyweight champion in history but there's no doubting his power or questioning his flawless professional record.

His first six title defenses came against Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington and Stiverne in a WBC-mandated rematch he won by first-round knockout.

Ortiz showed signs of recovery in the sixth, and what followed in next round stunned one and all (Wilder being no exception). It didn't come because Ortiz was exhausted. He got up. But then Wilder finished him with a right uppercut.

Dmitry Bivol defended the WBA light heavyweight title with a stunning performance that saw him knock Sullivan Barrera in the 12 round. I have spoken enough. Wilder was all at sea as he returned to his corner.

However Wilder rallied and sent out a warning to any future opponents with a powerful finish to stop Ortiz.

Alabama NewsCenterDeontay Wilder, left, will face Luis Ortiz in NY on March 3.

Wilder believes his hard-fought victory over Ortiz will be remembered as a career-defining moment for him and heaped praise on the Cuban for his efforts during the epic bout.

Ortiz reached his feet quickly and the round ended before Wilder could capitalize on hurting his opponent. Ortiz still shading Wilder.




"He hit me with flurries of punches but they didn't have any sting, they just knocked me off balance".

Ortiz did his best to back up Wilder during the third round.

Wilder began using his jab early in the second round. Ortiz peeled his considerable frame off the canvas and shrugged his shoulders to suggest he was unperturbed, but he's a poor liar.

Round four was a round of two halves with Wilder more than willing to let his own shots go at the start as he edged closer and closer to Ortiz. But, soon afterward, Ortiz tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid; the Nevada State Athletic Commission changed his victory to "no contest" and suspended him for eight months.

The Showtime crew reminds us that Ortiz once tested positive for a banned substance, but he's been tested numerous times prior to tonight and passed them all.

"In this sport, any punch can end a fight", Ortiz said. Wilder's chin seemed to be made out of steel because it was hard to figure how any mortal could remain standing.

First, the Bronze Bomber must dispatch King Kong, which looks to be no small feat.

Ortiz was trying to become the first Cuban heavyweight champ. Ortiz has some defenders, including Victor Conte, the convicted steroids dealer who now proffers himself as an anti-doping advocate. At the time of the knockout, Fightful had Ortiz winning 87-83 while all three judges at ringside had Wilder winning 85-84.

"Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy", Wilder said. But Ortiz showed he is among the best of a small group beneath the titleholders of Wilder, Joshua and Joseph Parker.

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