Why Would Wilder Fight Ortiz Now if the Risk Was Real?


"His 6'7", 225-pound body is athletic but gangly. The 38-year-old Cuban last fought December 8, knocking out Daniel Martz in the second round. Also, it has only happened 1 time since 1992 with Riddick Bowe.

"Wilder was talking about he wants a 50-50 split". I've had to fight all of my life because people said I wouldn't amount to anything.

Wilder versus Ortiz is, on paper, one of the most evenly matched heavyweight title fights in recent memory.

"It would have been easy to say, 'I'm not going to fight you anymore".

On top of all this the bill includes former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin and former world middleweight title challenger Willie Monroe Jr.in respective eight-round bouts.

WBC champion Wilder squares off against Cuban Luis Ortiz in NY on Sunday (NZ time) and if the 32-year-old wins, he will face off against the victor of Parker and Joshua later in the year. At 37, many are expecting "King Kong" to be knocked out of contention with a defeat to Wilder tomorrow.

"Everyone knows that Tyson Fury isn't the biggest threat in the heavyweight division".

Deontay Wilder can make Anthony Joshua "sweat" if he lands a dominant win over Luis Ortiz in their WBC heavyweight title clash in Brooklyn on Saturday [3 March], according to Carl Froch.

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Boxing's revival would be fueled by a Super Fight in the heavyweight division with the victor emerging as the most popular and recognized fighter in combat sports.

The Wilder vs Joshua showdown is being talked about as the biggest heavyweight fight in at least two decades, so Wilder fights Saturday knowing he needs a big showing.

Where Wilder is wild, Joshua is technically sound. Fighters like Eric Molina and Kevin Johnson have stepped in the ring with both Wilder and Joshua, for example. Wilder's been very active, he might not have fought top guys but they've still been decent guys with decent records. And if that's the case, then Wilder is fighting him at the most opportune time.

"We got an American who is an ass whooper", Wilder tells XXL. Ortiz will be looking to make history as becoming the first Cuban heavyweight world champion in boxing history if he could defeat Wilder and lift his WBC strap. My only goal is to win this fight. Win. Win. Win.

Had he had been a pro for almost a decade with 39 fights by the early 1990s, it's logical to assume he'd have already fought Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe and Tommy Morrison and maybe even "Big" George Foreman. He pulled out of a scheduled rematch with Klitschko after spraining an ankle, subsequently was suspended for testing positive for cocaine, and has spent much of the last three years battling depression.

All of that is good for boxing if only for one elementary reason: In combat sports, size matters. Add to that Joshua fared better with the only common opponent they have, Eric Molina, that he's a better boxer with superior form and balance, with equal power, in my opinion, and AJ must be considered the better fighter until they meet.

Ask anyone who bets regularly on boxing matches and he/she would tell you how hard it is to predict the exact round in which the match would end.