Wilder Drops Ortiz In 10th Round
On a night where Deontay Wilder came in over 30 pounds less than his opponent, and in a fight where his opponent dictated the pace, the WBC world heavyweight champion came alive in round ten and would add Luiz Ortiz to his list of knockout victims.
The early rounds in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center were tepid, as both Ortiz and Wilder were testing one another out. The crowd would get restless, as with the exception of an Ortiz slip in round two, there was no knockdowns in a fight that was set to be a firefight.
In round five, Deontay Wilder would give the crowd what they wanted as he would send Ortiz down for the second time in his career, and Showtime’s Steve Farhood would give Wilder his first round of the fight. Round six would see both fighters into a groove as both would look to take control into the second half, as Wilder would win the round.
The seventh round would see Ortiz turn the corner in the last minute of the round, the Cuban southpaw showed off his jaw dropping power, nearly sending Wilder to the ground as the champion would do all he can to survive until the bell.
Round eight and nine were similar to seven, as the Cuban challenger would dictate the pace until Wilder would find an opportunity to send Ortiz back on his heels, and attempting a bull-rush to finish the fight, but Ortiz would survive.
Round ten may have been one of the best in the Alabama born heavyweight’s career, as he would put the pressure on Ortiz leading to a knockdown. And then Wilder like a shark smelling blood in the water, would strike with the second and final knockdown of the fight as Deontay Wilder would hand Luis Ortiz the first loss of his career.
Following the fight, Wilder credited Ortiz’ toughness and focused his words towards Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua, claiming they don’t want to face him, as he Wilder claims that the heavyweight division will have one king, with the name of Deontay Wilder