Wilder Claims Speed Advantage Gives Him Win Over Ortiz
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder thinks he has nothing but advantages in his upcoming world title defense against Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz.
The two power punchers were set to face off in November, but the contest was postponed following Ortiz failing a pre-fight drug test. Now their fight is being lined up for March 3rd, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Aside from having a similar amount of disdain for one another, the boxers share a common opponent in Malik Scott.
Wilder would finish Scott in the first round, while Ortiz would knockdown Scott three times in their showdown, but would be forced to go the distance against the challenger.
While Wilder won’t immediately claim victory because of Ortiz’ issues against Scott, he does believe that Ortiz has trouble with boxers who move, have speed and give him angles.
“A lot of people like to compare fights with guys,” Wilder told Yahoo Sports.
“But I only take that so far, because we all know and we always hear that styles make fights and that is so true. Just because a guy was able to do this with this opponent, it doesn’t mean that he will be able to do it with me or the next guy.
“Malik’s style, especially on that night, Malik’s style was a difficult style for Ortiz. Malik was mobile. Ortiz, he don’t like nobody to be mobile. He wants somebody to stay right in front of him, he wants somebody to stay right there. He’s King Kong, he wants you right there. He don’t like nobody that has angles, that’s mobile, that’s athletic – he’s never seen nobody like [me]… ever, in his whole career.”
Wilder also believes Ortiz is going to have a very difficult time finding the right sparring partners to prepare for the fight.
“I think that’s going to be the scariest part [for him] in trying to set up camp. Who is they gonna bring to camp to look like me… not only just movement, but the speed. He can get the height and the reach, but he cant get the speed and he certainly can’t get the power,” Wilder said.