Wilder: Ortiz Knows What I’m Made Of
At the time of the seventh round of Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz’s original WBC heavyweight title encounter in March 2018, “The Bronze Bomber” was being tested like no one had seen before.
Late in the round, Ortiz caught him with a left hand and went to town, unleashing a fury and trying to end things and claim the WBC heavyweight title. But Wilder, who says he was also battling the flu at this point, managed to withstand and fought back in the eighth, eventually going on to re-take control of the bout and drop Ortiz twice in the 10th en route to a TKO win.
“The seventh round was an amazing time for me,” Wilder said in a recent conference call. “It allowed me to see what I’m really made of. It allowed the world to see what type of champion [I am] and a true champion that they have in America, and he has been here.”
“With that seventh round being under the conditions that I was under, I was very proud of myself to be able to handle those situations. To be able to go into the fire like that for one, plus just taking the fight going into the fire like that with a flu. You know, proper protocol is to cancel that [fight] and wait to a later date until you are healthy.
But being me, I’m hard-headed. I always do things that many boxers don’t do, and I think that’s part of wanting my legacy to be different from the rest. I don’t want the same old — I wanna be different. That’s why I do the things that I do.
Some feel with more time, Ortiz may have been able to put Wilder away. Wilder, however, doesn’t feel he was saved by the bell.
“Well, I wouldn’t say so because he still had 40 seconds,” Wilder said. “How many seconds did I have in the fifth round to finish him off? He had 40 seconds and he couldn’t do it. He threw everything — everything. If you know anything about a flu, it makes you weak mentally, physically, emotionally, and he couldn’t get me out. He threw everything.”
Wilder and Ortiz meet again on November 23, with Ortiz looking for revenge, a title and to hand Wilder his first loss. Wilder, meanwhile, looks to maintain position as arguably the best heavyweight on the planet and to secure a rematch with Tyson Fury.
Original Story: Boxing Scene