Deontay Wilder has successfully defended his WBC World Heavyweight title after overcoming the challenge of Luis Ortiz via a tenth-round stoppage – however, it was far from plain sailing for ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Neither fighter chose to go on the offensive in the early rounds, but it is Wilder who experienced more joy when choosing to do so – sending Ortiz to the canvas in the fifth round, stunning him with a jab before a ferocious right hook almost made it lights out.
However, Ortiz clearly had not read the script for this fight – returning to his feet and asking serious questions of his opponent’s character in the forthcoming rounds.
It was in the seventh round, where Ortiz would go on the offensive – and very nearly stun the boxing world. He laid into Wilder with a flurry of combinations, the undefeated champion somehow just about staying on his feet.
However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ clearly took some inspiration from surviving that onslaught, and knocked ‘King Kong’ to the canvas in the tenth, the Cuban made the count but the fight was soon to be over, as Wilder laid into him ruthlessly before he was sent tumbling again.
Victory now means Wilder’s record stands at 40-0 with a remarkable 39 KOs. In a battle that had an air of Anthony Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko – the American heavyweight will surely know look to face AJ in the ring next, provided he overcomes the challenge of Joseph Parker on March 31st.
If one thing is for certain, a showdown between Wilder and Joshua is one all fight fans want to see.
Here are the full highlights of Wilder’s victory:
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