Deontay Wilder stops Luis Ortiz in the tenth round
Published: March 04, 2018
BROOKLYN, NY – In front of 14,069 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) made the seventh successful defense of his title by stopping Cuba’s Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in ten rounds. The bout was one of the most anticipated fights in the heavyweight division putting two of the hardest punchers in the sport against one another. Wilder played the role of the champion with something to prove. Ortiz was the long-avoided fighter who was finally getting his chance at glory.
The fight started off tentative with neither man throwing many punches in what became a three-round feeling out process. After an excellent fourth round from Ortiz who utilized his jab and left hand, Wilder showed why he remains dangerous at all times during a fight in the fifth round. The Alabama native scored a knockdown with a well-timed right hand at the end of the fifth round. However, Ortiz showed resilience and poise by remaining calm and not straying away from his game plan. Ortiz continued controlling the distance and range in which the fight was being fought at.
The seventh round was a huge round for Ortiz who landed a perfect right hook during an exchange with Wilder that left the WBC champion on wobbly legs. Ortiz continued to land hard left hands throughout the round. Wilder would not go down and erased any doubt to those who questioned his heart and chin. In the eighth round, Ortiz continued to apply pressure on Wilder while showcasing a vicious body attack.
The end of the fight came in the tenth round when Wilder landed a right hand that once again put Ortiz on the canvas. The Cuban got up slowly and made it to his feet before the ten count. Wilder ended the fight with a right uppercut on the inside that dropped Ortiz forcing the referee to put an end to the bout. Wilder landed 98 out of 346 total punches at a 28 percent connect rate. Ortiz landed 87 out of 363 total punches at a 24 percent connect rate.
Much like Anthony Joshua’s dramatic 11th round stoppage over Wladimir Klitschko, Wilder’s victory over Ortiz showed his ability to bounce back from adversity against the best opponent he has faced thus far. Wilder-Ortiz was the second highest attended boxing match at the Barclays Center. It is only behind last year’s welterweight unification bout between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.
Now that Wilder has defeated Ortiz, the world awaits what will likely be the most significant fight in the sport, if he faces WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua will face WBO heavyweight champion Joshua Parker later this month in Wales. Should Joshua come out with the victory, the drums will continue to sound for Wilder-Joshua.
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