Wilder Fought Ortiz With Cold
According to his trainer, Deontay Wilder’s performance against Luis Ortiz may have been more impressive than most in the boxing community thought.
In an interview that FanSided conducted with Jay Deas, the trainer explained that while the game plan they devised was working until the 7th round, the 8th round wasn’t the only problems Wilder was facing.
Per Deas, Wilder came down with “a pretty nasty cold about a week and a day before the fight,” which could be attributed to the massive weight disparity between Wilder and Ortiz. The cold was still lingering when fight night came, and Deas believes that Wilder was at “72-76 percent.”
“As the week went by, he [Wilder] was getting better and better. Just because your cold is leaving you doesn’t mean you’ve got your strength all the way back. In reality, he was at 72-76 percent by the time he got in the ring. You could tell during the week that he was getting his strength back but he wasn’t going to be 100 percent back. He was not fully, fully recovered. He was still coughing stuff up in the dressing room before the fight.”
Original Story: FanSided