Boxing: Wilder vs Ortiz

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) is set to do serious damage when he make his sixth title defense against hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz.

The fight will be televised on Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Nov 4. Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will be coming back from a near one year layoff. He was last in the ring back in December of 2016.

According to Wilder, he is not focused on simply winning the fight, he wants to end Ortiz’s undefeated run by knockout. Wilder and Ortiz are knockout artists and Wilder has been shaken up in more than one fight. Nobody has really tested the chin of Ortiz. The Cuban boxer has more or less dominated the competition, with many of his opponents mentally beaten before they ever entered the ring.

“I am the best. I am the toughest heavyweight in the division. I am the man in the division. I don’t care what anybody else has going on. You’ve got to come through me,” said Wilder.

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Both are unbeaten with ominous knockout ratios, Wilder 97 percent, Ortiz 79 percent with the showdown coming a week after rival Anthony Joshua’s latest world title defense against Kubrat Pulev.

The undercard includes another big heavyweight fight, with Bermane Stiverne, the Haitian who Wilder took the WBC world title from and former Joshua foe Dominic Breazeale, while Kazakhstan’s unbeaten Sergey Lipinets and Japan’s Akihiro Kondo scrap it our for the IBF world title left vacant by Terence Crawford’s move up.

Wilder has already stated he wants a unification fight in 2018 once he has got past ‘King Kong’ Ortiz, in what will be the sixth defense of the coveted WBC strap he won back in January 2015.

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