Wilder Looks To Prove He’s Better Man In Rematch
Outside of Tyson Fury, the only fighter to truly give Deontay Wilder a challenge was Luis Ortiz, and nearly two years since they first faced off, Wilder looks for a definitive win on Saturday.
Wilder defends his WBC world heavyweight championship against Ruiz inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for Ruiz’ first pay-per-view headlining card.
“For the removal of all doubt that I am the better man,” Wilder said to reporters on why he agreed to fight Ruiz for a second time after their 2018 classic.
“Some people think I got a lucky escape and I want to prove that wrong. But also because Luis has spent his career being denied opportunities by the other top heavyweights. And still is. So I want to give him, at 40, this present of a last opportunity of a big pay-night.”
Another reason Wilder wanted to give Ortiz a PPV pay-day due to Ruiz’s daughter, Lismercedes, suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin condition. Wilder empathized as his first daughter, Naieya was born with spina bifida, which is the reason he went into prize fighting.
“I know personally how hard it is and how much it takes to take care of a child with a disorder,” Wilder said. “It takes a lot of money, and it takes a lot of care, and I grew a great bond with him. So I have seen him as one of the top guys in the heavyweight division, and I want to bless him.
“You need money to support them, and I wanted to bless him again for not only for him being a great warrior, one of the best in the world but also for his family. I wanted to bless his family and put him on pay-per-view.”
Report: Boxing Scene