Ortiz: Wilder Didn’t KO Me, I Was Exhausted
With 56-seconds remaining in the 10th round of his shot at the WBC world heavyweight title, Luis Ortiz was dropped by defending champion Deontay Wilder.
Now, on November 23rd, Ortiz will get this shot at redemption and feels it was his stamina and not the punching power of Wilder that cost him his moment in history.
“I don’t like to lose, especially in that fashion,” Ortiz said through a translator to reporters.
“And to make it very clear, I wasn’t knocked out. I was completely fatigued and [dead] tired. That’s what it was, more than anything else. I would’ve preferred to get knocked out.”
“Don’t make any mistake about it, and don’t mince my words,” Ortiz continued.
“Wilder is a puncher and has proven so. He’s champion for a reason for as long as he’s been. Regardless of what anyone would say about his style or his experience, that’s that. Second, he’s well prepared and I’m gonna be well prepared. … But I’m also a heavyweight that’s not easy to knock out. So, you can’t discredit Wilder’s punching power. But I’m not easy to knock out. I will be ready. It will be a fight. And hold on to your seats.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene