Wilder vs. Ortiz II Live Results

In one of the most anticipated boxing rematches, let alone fights, in 2019, Deontay Wilder defends the WBC heavyweight championship against Luis Ortiz tonight.

The fight serves as the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The two first met in March 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In one of that year’s most entertaining battles, Wilder had control of Ortiz, but Ortiz battled back in the seventh round to trouble the unbeaten champion. But Wilder withstood the test and managed to drop and finish off Ortiz in the 10th round, handing Ortiz the first loss of his career.

That win over Ortiz marked Wilder’s seventh successful defense of the WBC title since winning it from Bermane Stiverne in January 2015, the only win of Wilder’s career that did not come by KO/TKO. Since the first Ortiz fight, Wilder had another tough test in Tyson Fury, a December 2018 fight that ended in a controversial split draw, before a first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in May.

With a win tonight against Ortiz, it’s almost certain that Wilder will meet Fury in another, bigger rematch, tentatively scheduled for February 22.

Ortiz, meanwhile, bounced back from the Wilder loss with a second-round TKO of Razvan Cojanu in late July 2018 and a 10th-round TKO of Travis Kauffman on the Wilder-Fury undercard. He last competed in March, scoring a unanimous decision over Christian Hammer.

Ortiz was one of the choices to replace Jarrell Miller for the June 1 WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO title showdown with Anthony Joshua, but Ortiz reportedly passed on it after being promised this Wilder rematch.

The co-feature bout of the evening will see Leo Santa Cruz make his super featherweight debut and go for a world title in a fourth weight class, facing Miguel Flores for the vacant WBA (Super) super featherweight title. These two were scheduled to face off in February with the WBA (Super) featherweight title held by Santa Cruz on the line before Flores suffered an injury.

The rest of the pay-per-view card will feature WBA (Regular) super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa taking on Julio Ceja and Leduan Barthelemy taking on Eduardo Ramirez. Thanks to missing weight, Ceja will not be able to win Figueroa’s championship. Should he win, the title will be vacant. Meanwhile, Barthelemy-Ramirez was bumped up from prelim headliner to main card opener after Luis Nery missed weight and his fight with Emmanuel Rodriguez was canceled.

Will Wilder score yet another successful title defense and lock in an even bigger rematch? Or will Ortiz pull off an upset and finally win his first title since holding the interim WBA heavyweight title? Time to find out.

FIGHT SPORTS brings you live coverage of Wilder vs. Ortiz II!

Main Card:

WBC heavyweight championship: (c.) Deontay Wilder def. Luis Ortiz via KO (Rd. 7, 2:51)

For the vacant WBA (Super) super featherweight championship: Leo Santa Cruz def. Miguel Flores via unanimous decision (115-112, 117-110, 117-110)

WBA (Regular) super bantamweight championship: Brandon Figueroa vs. Julio Ceja goes to a split draw (115-113, 112-116, 114-114)

Eduardo Ramirez def. Leduan Barthelemy via TKO (Rd. 4, 2:59)

TV Prelims:

Omar Juarez def. Kevin Shacks via KO (Rd. 6, 1:59)

Vito Mielnicki Jr. def. Marklin Bailey via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:31)

Dustin Long def. Marsellos Wilder via KO (Rd. 4, 1:51)

Viktor Slavinskyi def. Rigoberto Hermosillo via unanimous decision (58-56, 59-55, 60-54)

WBC heavyweight championship: (c.) Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz

Round 1: The two meet in the center and begin the feeling-out process. Ortiz misses the left hand to the body. Ortiz backs Wilder up with the left jab. Wilder missed a left jab. Right hand by Ortiz. Wilder answers with a left to the body. Wilder works the left jab some more. Ortiz comes in with a couple of rights. Ortiz clips Wilder with a left hand. Ortiz lands another left as the two exchange. Ortiz has a little blood on him after the exchange. Wilder must have snuck in a left hand on the temple. Both flash their jabs to end the round.

Round 2: As it turns out, the cut came from an accidental clash of heads. Both showing their jabs again. Ortiz misses a left. Left hand by Wilder. One-two by Wilder. Ortiz backs Wilder up by showing the right jab. Right hand by Wilder. Wilder missed a left and has to back up to avoid an Ortiz right. Left hand by Wilder. Another left from Wilder. Right to the body by Wilder. Left hand by Wilder. Wilder lands a left. Ortiz with a big left and throws a combination as Wilder bounces off the ropes and moves around. Left hand by Wilder. Wilder with a couple of jabs.

Round 3: Ortiz shows the right hand. Wilder with a left to the body. Left to the body by Ortiz. Jab by Wilder. Ortiz coming forward. Each throws a couple of jabs. Ortiz flashes the right jab and gets Wilder to a corner. A body shot as Wilder tries to get away. Ortiz blocks a Wilder jab. Wilder with a jab to the body. Left hand by Ortiz. Body shot by Ortiz. Wilder fires a right. Ortiz still on the front foot here. One-two by Ortiz. Right hand by Ortiz.

Round 4: Ortiz backs Wilder up with the right jab. Left hand by Wilder. Wilder throws a couple of left hands. Ortiz lands to the body. Ortiz backed Wilder up to the ropes and lands a couple of big lefts. Wilder throws a big right but misses, and Ortiz lands a counter. Ortiz tries to open himself up, but Wilder is standing is ground. Wilder flashing the left jab some more. A lot of stalking and waiting, the two seemingly daring the other to make a move. Right hand by Wilder blocked. Ortiz presses him back with a left.

Round 5: Both touch their jabs. Ortiz throws a left. Ortiz with a right. Left hand by Wilder. Ortiz coming in more, trying to aim for the body. Right hand by Ortiz. Wilder misses the left. Left hook by Wilder is blocked. Ortiz flashes the right jab. Wilder throws another hook. Wilder misses the left. Ortiz misses a big left hook to the body. Right straight misses for Ortiz. Wilder with a left. A couple of right jabs by Ortiz. Ortiz with a couple of hard left hands. Wilder comes forward with a one-two. Left hand by Wilder. Left hand by Wilder, while Ortiz lands a couple upstairs before the bell.

Round 6: Ortiz shows off the right hand again. One-two by Ortiz but not much lands. A combination by Ortiz that backs Wilder up. Wilder with a jab. Ortiz with a right hand. Left hand by Ortiz. Ortiz comes forward with a few rights. Left hand by Wilder. Small combo by Ortiz. Left jab by Wilder. Wilder lands a big left hook, catching Ortiz coming in. Another left by Wilder. Combination by Ortiz, but it’s partially blocked. Left hand by Wilder. Another left from Wilder. The two come in close and land before the bell.

Round 7: Left to the body by Wilder. One-two inside by Ortiz. Wilder answers back. Big left hand by Wilder. Big left hand by Ortiz, but it’s partially blocked. Ortiz gets under a big right from Wilder. Wilder with a left. Ortiz misses the right. Left by Wilder. Ortiz misses the big left. Right straight by Wilder. Left hand by Wilder. Right hook by Wilder. Another right by Wilder, who might be finding his groove now. One-two jab by Wilder. Wilder throws a left hook, but Ortiz fires off a combination. Straight left by Wilder, however. Ortiz with an overhand left, but it’s blocked. Big right hand OUT OF NOWHERE and ORTIZ IS DROPPED! He cannot beat the count! Deontay Wilder remains the heavyweight champion of the world!

Official Result: Deontay Wilder def. Luis Ortiz via KO (Rd. 7, 2:51)

WBA (Super) super featherweight championship: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Miguel Flores

Round 1: Flores starts with a couple of lefts. Santa Cruz lands a couple of body shots. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Body shot by Flores. One-two by Flores. Left jab by Flores. A couple of lefts as Santa Cruz gets the better of an exchange. Combination by Santa Cruz. A couple of left jabs by Santa Cruz. Both men flash the left jab. They each land a left. Left uppercut by Santa Cruz. One-two by Santa Cruz. One-two by Flores. Combination by Santa Cruz. Counter right hand by Santa Cruz pushes Flores back. One-two by Santa Cruz. Each miss a jab. Right hand blocked, and Flores answers. Santa Cruz misses a big right hook.

Round 2: A couple of lefts from Flores, but Santa Cruz lands a right. Left by Santa Cruz. Combination by Flores. Body shot by Santa Cruz. One-two by Flores. Right to the body by Flores. A couple of jabs by Santa Cruz. The two clinch up and exchange body shots. One-two by Santa Cruz. Straight by Flores. A couple of lefts by Santa Cruz. Right hand from each man. One-two by Flores, followed by a left jab from Santa Cruz. Small combination by Santa Cruz. Small combination again. Left to the body by Santa Cruz. A few lefts to the body in close by Santa Cruz.

Round 3: Exchanges to start the third, with Santa Cruz’s body shots being the most notable. Clinch. Santa Cruz doesn’t land much on a combination, but he lands a right immediately after. One-two by Santa Cruz. Combination inside by Flores. One-two by Flores. Left hand by Santa Cruz. Left jabs by Santa Cruz. Combination by Santa Cruz, as he comes forward and forcing Flores to retreat. Jabs from Flores. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Another clinch. Santa Cruz misses a one-two. Left hand missed by Flores, as the two exchange before another clinch. Uppercut by Flores.

Round 4: Right hand by Santa Cruz. A right by Flores. One-two by Santa Cruz. A few lefts to the body by Flores. A couple of rights to the body by Santa Cruz. Left by Flores. Right hand by Santa Cruz. One-two and a left lands by Santa Cruz. The two briefly exchange in close. Right hand by Flores. Jabs from both men. Right hand by Flores. Small combination by Santa Cruz. Clinch where Santa Cruz lands some to the body. Santa Cruz backs Flores up before another clinch. Combination by Flores. Yet another tie-up. Both fighters land to the body.

Round 5: Left jab exchanges from both men to start the fifth. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Right hook to the head by Santa Cruz. Body shot by Santa Cruz. The two briefly clinch but are quickly pulled apart. Santa Cruz gets Flores’ back to the ropes again. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Another clinch. Right hand by Flores to the body. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Uppercut and another right by Santa Cruz. Combination by Santa Cruz. Right hand by Santa Cruz once more. Right hand by Flores.

Round 6: Left by Flores. Small combination by Santa Cruz. One-two by Santa Cruz, which Flores answers with a left. Right and a hook by Santa Cruz. Another Santa Cruz combination. The two trade body shots in close before being separated. Right hand by Flores. A couple of lefts from Santa Cruz. Left to the body by Santa Cruz. One-two by Flores. A couple of lefts from Santa Cruz. The two battle in close and have to get separated off the ropes.

Round 7: Right hand by Flores. Left by Flores. Small combination from Flores. Left hand by Flores doesn’t land. The two trade in close again. Each lands to the body. One-two to the body by Flores. Combination by Flores, as Santa Cruz misses the one-two. One-two by Santa Cruz. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Flores with a left. Combinations from both men. Santa Cruz lands a right to the body in a late exchange.

Round 8: A couple of left hands by Santa Cruz. A combination by Flores. A couple of rights to the body by Santa Cruz. Right hand by Santa Cruz. One-two to the body by Flores. Another clinch up and the referee elects to take a point away from Flores. Santa Cruz works over the body as they exchange in close again. One-two by Flores. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz flashes the left jab as the two exchange, with Santa Cruz forcing Flores back some. Another clinch. Flores lands low to the body.

Round 9: Santa Cruz forcing Flores back with body shots early here. Flores warned for a low blow. Santa Cruz lands upstairs. One-two to the body by Flores. Left hook by Flores. Another low blow by Flores, and referee Tony Weeks gives a stern warning. Clinch inside with both landing to the body. Hooks from both men. One-two by Flores. Combination by Santa Cruz. Flores answers with a counter combination after making Santa Cruz miss a right. More body shot exchanging in close. One-two by Flores. Flores lands to the body. Flores misses a couple of hooks. Sharp counter right rocked Flores before the bell.

Round 10: Jabs from both men. Santa Cruz lands another right. Clash of heads ruled an accidental headbutt and Santa Cruz is busted up around his right eyelid. More fighting in-close that needs a separation. Flores lands to the body, but Santa Cruz with a one-two. He seems bothered by the cut. A couple of left jabs from Santa Cruz. One-two by Santa Cruz. Left hand by Santa Cruz. A few left jabs from Flores. Exchange late in the round, with Santa Cruz landing better to the body. Right hand by Flores. A couple of rights from Santa Cruz.

Round 11: Flurries from both men in close to start the championship rounds. Left to the body by Flores. Combination by Santa Cruz. Clinch. Left hand by Santa Cruz. Left hand by Flores. Combination by Santa Cruz. Combinations from both men, with Santa Cruz landing a counter to the body. Left to the head by Santa Cruz. Exchanges upstairs by both men. Right hand by Santa Cruz. Flores missed an uppercut. One-two by Flores. Left hand by Santa Cruz. They get tied up against the ropes again. Another clinch. Small combination by Flores. Small flurry by Santa Cruz.

Round 12: Flores missed a right hook. Exchange to start the round, with both landing to the body. Both land to the body in a clinch. Left hand by Santa Cruz up the middle. Another hold. The two exchange. Afrer some circling, Flores works the jab and avoids a straight right from Santa Cruz. Flores catches Santa Cruz with a left body shot. Santa Cruz with a body shot before yet one more clinch. Exchange, then clinch. Santa Cruz lands several lefts to the head. The two fire flurries before the bell.

Official Decision: Leo Santa Cruz def. Miguel Flores via unanimous decision (115-112, 117-110, 117-110)

WBA (Regular) super bantamweight championship: (c.) Brandon Figueroa vs. Julio Ceja

Round 1: Left hand by Ceja. Figueroa throws several left jabs. Small combination by Figueroa. Another combination, mixing levels, by Figueroa. A couple of lefts from Figueroa, followed by a couple of body shots from Ceja. Left uppercut to the body by Ceja. Figueroa misses a left hook. A couple of combinations to the body by Ceja. Ceja lands upstairs. Left to the body by Ceja. Ceja with a couple of uppercuts. A couple of lefts from Figueroa. Each man misses a left. One-two by Figueroa. Ceja with a one-two, working the body in close. Figueroa fires off a combination and lands a hard left. Figueroa with a couple of head shots. Both men trading body shots.

Round 2: Small combination by Figueroa to start. Each man with a left. Right hand by Figueroa. Ceja with a couple of shots inside. The two trading some strong hooks. Ceja lands and Figueroa lands a strong right hook! Figueroa with a couple of body punches. Two right hands by Figueroa. Body shots by Ceja. Figueroa with a right hand, Ceja answers with another body shot. Left hook by Ceja catches Figueroa. Figueroa holds Ceja’s head. Figueroa flashing the left jab, while Ceja continues to work the body. A couple of right hands by Figueroa. Small combination by Figueroa. Some more right hands by Figueroa as the two clinch up before the bell. Ceja with a right.

Round 3: One-two by Figueroa. Left by Figueroa. One-two missed by Figueroa. Both trade body shots. Left hook by Figueroa. Sharp combination from Figueroa, using his distance. Right hand by Ceja backs the champ up. Clinch. Ceja fires a combination to the body. Ceja misses an uppercut. A couple of one-twos by Figueroa. Combination to the stomach by Ceja. Figueroa and Ceja trading in close near the ropes. Small body combination by Ceja. Each mand lands a combination. Ceja lands to the body, Figueroa landing upstairs. Left hand by Figueroa. One-two by Ceja. Right hand by Ceja. A couple of lefts from Ceja in close. Right hand by Figueroa. Figueroa lands a few lefts before the bell.

Round 4: Left hand missed by Figueroa. Each flashing their jab. One-two by Figueroa. One-two again, but Ceja l ands too the body. Left-left-right by Figueroa. Figueroa avoids a left from Ceja. Body combination by Ceja. One-two by Ceja. A few rights by Figueroa. Another right from the champ. Ceja works the body. Ceja misses a hook. Combination by Figueroa. A couple of right hands by Figueroa. Combination by Figueroa. Another combination by Figueroa. Right hand by Figueroa. The two get separated. A couple of hooks to the body by Figueroa.

Round 5: Figueroa misses a straight right but lands a second right. Figueroa with a combination. Ceja catches Figueroa with a left hook. We got some trading near the center of the ring! Figueroa with a left hook that lands sharp on Ceja! Ceja firing off a flurry in close on Figueroa! With his back to the ropes, Ceja landing another flurry on Figueroa! The two trading body shots. One-two by Ceja as Figueroa misses a right. One-two to the body by Ceja. A few rights followed by a left to the body by Figueroa. Ceja lands a big hook on Figueroa. Another hook by Ceja. Figueroa landing several strikes upstairs, however, and Ceja is busted up! Combination tot the body by Ceja. Ceja with a right upstairs! A few lefts from Figueroa. Right hand, followed by a left from Ceja.

Round 6: Figueroa comes in aggressively, leading with a right. Left uppercut by Figueroa. Both miss a hook. A few rights from Figueroa. Ceja coming forward with a combination. A couple of lefts by Figueroa. Ceja with a right. Figueroa misses a left. Ceja with a left. Figueroa throws two rights. Figueroa landing several rights upstairs. Combination by Figueroa. Body shot by Ceja. One-two by Figueroa. Hook by Ceja. A couple of more hooks by Figueroa. Ceja has Figueroa’s back up against the ropes briefly, and he lands several body shots. A few lefts by Figueroa.

Round 7: One-two by Figueroa. Both throw left straights. Left hand by Ceja. Body shot, followed by a straight right from Ceja. The two clinch up. A hook by Figueroa. Ceja lands a few body shots on Figueroa. Ceja with a solid right hand as the two exchange. Figueroa landing upstairs. Ceja throws a couple downstairs, followed by a strike to the head. And again. Combination by Figueroa now. This is some in-close battling here! A few rights by Figueroa. Each lands a hook to a different level. Figueroa throws a combination but lands just one. Both men land a hook. One-two by Figueroa. Figueroa flashes the left before a right to the body. Ceja misses a right upstairs but lands a hook.

Round 8: Left hand by Figueroa. Ceja with a left, Figueroa with a right. Ceja with a couple of body shots. Each man lands a hook. Combination by Ceja. One-two to the body by Ceja. Right hands by Ceja. Left hand by Ceja. One-two by Ceja. Figueroa with a combination with Ceja on the outside. Right hook by Figueroa. Ceja with the body shot. Figueroa flashing the right. One-two by Figueroa. Right hand by Figueroa lands upstairs on Ceja. Figueroa landing his left in close, but Ceja with a powerful combination that shakes Figueroa up some!

Round 9: Right hand by Figueroa. Left hand by Figueroa. Combination by Figueroa. Ceja misses a left hook. Figueroa lands in close. Two left jabs by Figueroa. Right hook by Figueroa. Ceja lands a counter straight. Small combination from each man as they briefly clinch up. Body work from Figueroa. Body shot by Ceja. Ceja landing hooks to the body. One-two by Figueroa. Right hand by Ceja. Each man with a left upstairs. Nice hook by Ceja. Right hand by Figueroa. Small combination by Figueroa. Brief clinch by the two. Combination by Figueroa. The two exchange to end the round.

Round 10: Combo by Figueroa. A few right hands to the body by Ceja. Right hand by Figueroa. Clinch. Small combination by Figueroa. Ceja missed an uppercut, Figueroa missed a jab. Small combination to the body by Figueroa. Body shot by Ceja. Left hand by Ceja. One-two to the body by Ceja. Some dirty boxing from both men. One-two missed by Figueroa. Ceja using head movement to avoid Figueroa. Ceja lands a hook. Combinations to the body by Ceja. Some hooks from both men. A few lefts from Figueroa, and Ceja answers with a few body shots. Ceja with a couple of powerful body hooks!

Round 11: One-two by Figueroa. The two firing away, with Figueroa mixing up his hooks and Ceja landing more to the body. Right hand by Ceja lands strong. A few hooks to the body by Figueroa. One-two by Figueroa. Right hook by Ceja. One-two by Figueroa. A couple of body shots by Ceja. Figueroa with a left hook, followed by a right hook. Ceja with a strong body shot. Combination by Ceja. And another combination that ends with a left hook. Left by Figueroa. Left hand by Ceja. One-two by Figueroa. Combination by Ceja. One-two-three by Figueroa. Figueroa with a small flurry. One-two by Figueroa. Figueroa with a left hook. Right hook to the body by Ceja.

Round 12: Both throwing wild hooks to start the final round. Ceja gets Figueroa’s back to the ropes. Big right hand by Figueroa as Ceja fires off a few hooks. Another right hand by Figueroa. More hook and uppercut exchanges with Ceja’s back to the ropes. Ceja with a hook. Figueroa answers! Right hook by Figueroa. Figueroa misses a left hook. Small combination by Figueroa. Body shot by Ceja. Hook by Ceja. One-two by Figueroa. Combination by Ceja, and a right hook lands flush. Figueroa pressures forward still,  however, and fires off his own combination! One-two by Figueroa. Right and a left from Figueroa. One-two by Figueroa. Small combination by Figueroa.

Official Decision: Brandon Figueroa vs. Julio Ceja goes to a split draw (115-113, 112-116, 114-114)

Leduan Barthelemy vs. Eduardo Ramirez

Round 1: Barthelemy working the jab to start, and the two go right at it. Ramirez with a left hand. Barthelemy misses the right uppercut. Right hand by Ramirez. Clinch up. Right hook by Barthelemy. Barthelemy lands a right but is warned for holding the head. Left to the body by Ramirez. Right hand by Ramirez. Right to the body by Ramirez. And again. Combination from Barthelemy. Strong right hook by Ramirez. Counter right by Barthelemy. One-two by Barthelemy. Left hand by Barthelemy. Right hand by Ramirez. Right to the body again by Ramirez. Combination by Ramirez. Left hand by Barthelemy. Each man throws a right.

Round 2: Ramirez charges in but can’t land, getting hooked up with Barthelemy. Right to the body by Ramirez. Some circling around and Ramirez comes in again with another clinch. Ramirez attempting to get inside and the two do some dirty boxing. Barthelemy catches Ramirez coming in with a left to the body. Barthelemy working his jab and keeping his distance. Right by Ramirez, which Barthelemy answers with a combination. Big right hand by Barthelemy. Barthelemy flashes his right jab. Combination by Ramirez but not much lands. One-two by Barthelemy. Right hand by Barthelemy but he misses the left. Left hand missed by Barthelemy. Ramirez goes inside again. Ramirez misses a right. Right hand by Barthelemy, backing Ramirez up before the bell.

Round 3: The two have to be separated almost immediately. Straight by Barthelemy. Barthelemy flashes the jab, but Ramirez comes in and answers with a combination. Barthelemy with a combination. Ramirez now answers with his small flurry. Right to the body by Barthelemy. Combination upstairs by Ramirez. Both men landing right hands. Barthelemy throws a combination but Ramirez lands a counter. Left hand by Barthelemy. Right hand by Ramirez. The two circling and flashing. One-two missed by Barthelemy. Straight left by Barthelemy, but Ramirez pressures Barthelemy with one-two combinations and another small flurry.

Round 4: Barthelemy clinches up and fires off a few right hands. Ramirez comes in and misses a right. Ramirez continues to come forward. Another clinch. Barthelemy doesn’t land much on a combination. Ramirez warned to keep his punches up. Left hand by Ramirez but it’s another clinch. Ramirez with a couple of left hands. Ramirez with a strong hook. Ramirez firing off several one-twos. A couple of lefts by Ramirez and he has Barthelemy’s back to the ropes. Ramirez continues to pressure until Barthelemy clinches him up. Sharp right, followed by a strong left from Ramirez! Barthelemy misses a left hook. Another clinch. Barthelemy with a right. Barthelemy lands inside. Combination upstairs by Ramirez. Right hand by Ramirez. Right hand by Ramirez and Barthelemy goes down! Barthelemy’s legs are not under him and the referee waves it off! Beautiful win and quite the upset from Ramirez!

Official Result: Eduardo Ramirez def. Leduan Barthelemy via TKO (Rd. 4, 2:59)

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