On Ruiz Being 40 Wilder Claims “Age Doesn’t Matter”

At 40-years old Luis Ortiz feels age doesn’t matter, and his November 23rd opponent Deontay Wilder agrees.

“You know, we’re always hearing about his age, his age, his age,” Wilder told a small group of reporters after their grand arrivals at MGM Grand. “But who really cares? We’ve seen many a guys with age and still go and dominate and defeat [younger fighters]. I can think of two right off the top of my head that have done an amazing job – that’s Bernard Hopkins and we know George Foreman came back at what, 45, 46, and did the impossible. We’ve gotta understand that age ain’t nothing but a number.”


“He told me 40,” said Wilder of the man who he’s fighting inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.

“You know what I mean? In his face, he look about 45. But we’re gonna go with 40. I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. And, I mean, it don’t matter how old he is. He could be 50 years old. How many 50-year-olds you know gonna step in that ring a second time, especially with a guy like me?”

“Age, it don’t matter,” Wilder summated.

“It’s all about how you feel inside. And when they’re dealing with age, why none of these younger fighters haven’t fought him? I don’t believe in that. I don’t care how old he is. He could be 99 years old. If he’s able to go in that ring, get in that ring, I’m gonna beat his old ass. That’s plain and simple.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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