Ortiz: Wilder is the Best of the Decade

Luis Ortiz has all the respect in the world for Deontay Wilder, as the two prepare to clash over the WBC heavyweight title next week.

The two originally clashed in March 2018, and Ortiz had Wilder rocked during the seventh round of the original encounter. Wilder, however, managed to fight back and drop Ortiz twice en route to a 10th round TKO at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Wilder has been absolutely dominant since taking the WBC title from Bermane Stiverne in January 2015 — the lone win of Wilder’s career that did not come by KO/TKO. Since then, Wilder has blasted through most of his competition, outside of the split draw with Tyson Fury in December 2018.

Ortiz, who has bounced back to win three straight since losing the original title fight, says he considers Wilder is the greatest heavyweight fighter of the 2010s, and he feels Wilder is the best heavyweight until he is beaten.

“I feel really good going into this fight. All the hard work is finally coming to an end and now it’s time to get the proper rest to be at my best on fight night,” Ortiz said. As a team, we worked smart during this training camp.  We did things a little different with my diet and I believe that will make me perform at a high level on fight night.  My weight is right where I want it.  All in all, it’s been a very productive training camp.”

As I’ve said before, Wilder is the best heavyweight of this decade and until someone beats him, he will remain the top dog. We have a different strategy in place that I believe will be the difference in this rematch. I have plans to end this fight before the final bell, but if we need to go the distance, I’m well prepared to take it all the way.

“This is a big opportunity to show the world that I’m the best heavyweight on planet earth. All the fans watching are going to see one of the best heavyweight fights in boxing history.  Wilder is coming to fight just like me, which makes for a very entertaining night of boxing.  The fans are going to be the winners in this fight.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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