In a press conference featuring one of the fighters unable to make it due to poor weather and flight cancellations, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz held their press conference for their fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on November 4th.
Lou DiBella, the host of today’s proceedings spoke to the audience and said that this is the best heavyweight fight possible at the moment, and that Wilder demanded this fight to happen and paid a financial penalty in having to pay his mandatory challenger to make the fight with Ortiz happen. DiBella also claimed that Wilder is afraid of no one, especially the other heavyweight champion dominating the sport, Anthony Joshua.
Stephen Espinoza, the Executive VP of Showtime Sports also spoke to the magnitude of this fight.
“We have two of the top heavyweights in the world. Both undefeated with a combined record of 65-0, 60 knockouts. This is the best fight that can be made in the heavyweight division.
When Wilder took the stage he claimed that not only will he “shine a light” on the man known as the “boogieman,” but that it may only go three rounds, on November 4th. Wilder lauding his knockout power and being the only heavyweight with that kind of power, that after he knocks Ortiz out that he get his well earned respect.
In regards to Bermane Stiverne, who was the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s WBC title, Wilder claimed that the Canadian challenger was not ready for Wilder and the challenge he presented, which is why he wanted the “best to fight the best.”
“We cannot live in the past.. we can only make it better for right now… Appreciate me now.. I’ll be appreciated when my career is over, but I want it right now.”
When asked about the lack of respect from fans in his own country in regards to other countries supporting their fighters, like a Joshua in the United Kingdom, “If I was from the UK or somewhere, I’d be the biggest thing there.”
Ortiz and Wilder fight for Wilder’s WBC World Title on November 4th in Brooklyn on Showtime.