Hearn Gives Wilder Advantage Over Ortiz
Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn made a prediction for March 3rd’s WBC heavyweight showdown, and believes the Deontay Wilder will walkaway with the title, but with a caveat.
In a story from Boxing Scene, Hearn thinks that Wilder will take the win at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in the early rounds of the fight by knockout, but believes Ortiz has a shot due to the 38 year old’s ability to counter-punch.
Hearn told reporters during a press conference for Danny Jacob’s return to action in April that, “… Wilder will stop him inside four or five rounds. But I think it’s a dangerous fight because people talk about Anthony Joshua having a questionable chin. Watch the Klitschko fight back and look at the shots he took in that fight. There is no way that if Klitschko hit Wilder on the chin like he hit AJ on the chin, there is no way he would still be standing. So don’t worry about AJ’s chin.”
“All these guys that can crack, like Wilder and AJ, they hit anybody on the chin – we appreciate it. If Wilder hits AJ on the chin, flush, it’s very, very dangerous. And it’s just the same way backwards. And that’s the worry of the Ortiz fight, because Ortiz can punch. He’s a very clever counter-puncher, and if Wilder wants to be sloppy in his work, he’s gonna get counter-punched by Ortiz. And if he does, he can get knocked out.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene