Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

SMITH: 10 things we learned as Wilder KOs Ortiz

SMITH: 10 things we learned as Wilder KOs Ortiz

Or maybe not, Anthony Joshua also had the same unassuming route to becoming a world champion when he beat "Prince Charles", who wasn't worthy of that regal title at all, perhaps the lesser "Duke" or "Count" might have been more befitting to his ability, but still not deserving.

A Wilder-Joshua showdown figures to be the biggest bout the heavyweight division has seen in more than a decade - if it ever comes off.

Wilder has been taunting Anthony Joshua for nearly a year now and after the fight, he continued. Wilder caught Ortiz with a straight right hand early in the sixth, but Ortiz threw bombs back in Wilder's direction to slow his aggressive opponent's attack. "He wants to fight Deontay Wilder", Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports News. "I just had to get my reins back".

"This game is not about how much a person weighs, it's not about how big a person's muscles are, it's all about that heart they're going to bring to the fight. The mind is powerful. speak it, believe it, receive it".

Wilder's belief was incredible.

Deontay Wilder is the brightest light for American heavyweight boxing in some time.

"I wonder why it took him so long to get a title shot and we know the reason why now".

Wilder [previously 39-0, 38KOs] recovered from a seventh round in which he himself might have been stopped to destroy Ortiz [previously 28-0, 24KOs] in the 10th round of a fight which ebbed and flowed, but eventually took the roof off Barclays Center.

"Make no mistake, I was with Anthony Joshua this morning".

Wilder had been looking for that moment, and when it came, it was ideal, the punch landing on Ortiz and sending him to the floor.

After a seventh successful defence of his world title, Wilder reiterated his desire for a unification bout with IBF, WBA and IBO holder Joshua, who fights WBO champion Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31. "If people had said he's the best, then I want to fight him, because I always said I'm the best".

This isn't the first time Ortiz fought an established heavyweight.

Wilder, in outstanding circumstances, not only saved his reputation but enhanced it: he's unorthodox, certainly, but fought a vastly superior boxer and survived a world of pain to emerge victorious for the 40th time.

Two back to back losses could affect confidence levels for any fighter but Brook is a consummate professional and wants nothing but greatness, so this statistic will go in his favour because he will be resolute for a win.

It turned out to bite Ortiz in the end, as he used up most of his tank trying to knockout Wilder.

"This [win] solidified my position at the top of the food chain and soon there will be one champion, one face, one name and he goes by the name of Deontay Wilder".

"I am ready right now".

Either way, the Wilder knockout was not far away, despite Ortiz making the sharper start of the 10th, his left-right combination sneaking in.

"This was a signature win against Luis Ortiz who everyone in the division has ducked".

It was not a classic, the crowd booed at points, Wilder missed with insane shots and Ortiz, comfortably in front, shuffled out for round 10 like a man clanking his way to the electric chair; he was just nine minutes from the glory land when he tumbled over for the first of three visits to the canvas in the tenth.

Like this: