Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz 2: A High Stakes Sequel
On November 23, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will rekindle their rivalry at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on FOX PPV.
On March 3, 2018 Wilder and Ortiz waged a furious battle that saw both men extremely hurt. In the 7th round it appeared as if Wilder would be dethroned as the WBC champion as Ortiz pummeled him with hard, punishing blows one after another. However, the champion showed a chin that had been questioned and the heart of a champion as he survived the onslaught. Wilder, who previously knocked down Ortiz in round 5, would again catch his courageous adversary and put him down twice in the tenth round in what would end up being a dramatic round with a dramatic conclusion.
Over a year later, these two men will do it again!
The 6’7” devastating power-puncher from Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the favorite heading into this rematch. He’s 1-1 in his last two fights since facing Ortiz, having fought to a controversial draw with Tyson Fury and a complete and decisive first round annihilation knockout of Dominic Breazeale.
The 6’4 Cuban hailed as “King Kong” has a chance to finally accomplish the elusive goal he’s set since turning pro: becoming a world champion!
He’s is 3-0 since his lone defeat at the hands of Wilder, consisting of two knockouts and a unanimous decision victory.
Not much has changed with these two men other than the fact that they’re both a year older. Wilder is still the aggressive one-punch KO artist he’s always been. Ortiz may be a tad bit slower, but still is one of the very best technicians not only in the heavyweight division but in all of boxing. His counter-punching ability and punching power still makes him more than a live dog in this fight.
Wilder will look to make yet another statement against a high quality dangerous foe. I believe he’ll come out using his jab to set the distance, forcing Ortiz to move; something he doesn’t do quite as well. Quicker on his feet, I expect Wilder to use his unorthodox footwork and angles to gain the upper hand offensively.
As for Ortiz, he also will look to start even faster this go-around, trying to get to the champion earlier to see if he can get him out of there. He knows the power of Wilder, so he will need to come in intelligently, meaning using his jab to the head and body and using feints.
At the end, I simply feel that Wilder will get Ortiz out of there quicker than he did last March. I think he will fight smarter, while still being aggressive. I see him mixing his shots well by using a punch he isn’t known for, which is his left hook to get Ortiz’s mind off the right hand. Then BOOM! The right hand lands and sends Ortiz down and out.
With the Tyson Fury rematch looming, I simply can’t imagine Wilder dropping the ball here.
Deontay Wilder wins by way of a seventh round knockout.
By: Jerrell Fletcher