World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title in a rematch versus Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas this weekend.
The undefeated American came within seconds of being stopped by the Cuban veteran in the pair’s first bout before rallying to win via TKO.
Wilder has since knocked out Dominic Breazeale and then retained his belt in a controversial draw versus Tyson Fury.
If Wilder defeats Ortiz, he’s expected to rematch Fury in February.
If the Cuban known as King Kong goes one mighty blow better than in their first fight, Wilder will have thrown away at least one, possibly two, massively enriching rematches versus Tyson Fury, as well as the prospect of a one hundred million dollar mega-fight versus Anthony Joshua.
‘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.’ says Wilder.
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Now Wilder has to avoid anything resembling the seventh round of his first fight against Ortiz, in which he was stunned by a monstrous left hook and somehow staggered through a storm of punches long enough to be saved by the bell.
It will calm a lot of frayed nerves in this business if Wilder connects first and early with his freakish KO power. That would clinch his deal for a February 22 rematch with Fury.
Next, on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, the tension will be even greater as Joshua strives to regain the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring magazine belts ripped from him by Andy Ruiz Jnr in that New York upset of this century… so far.
Wilder is a firm 1-7 on for a second victory over Ortiz, who is offered at 9-2. Fury has his own typically different evaluation of the odds: ‘Ruiz to win again, one million per cent.’
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