Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s power is nothing short of legendary, which Luis Ortiz found out for the second time on Saturday.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) broke open a one-sided fight in which he was being outboxed in Round 7 with one straight right hand that finished Ortiz via devastating knockout in their pay-per-view rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The 34-year-old Wilder made the 10th defense of the title he won in 2015 and kept alive plans for a February 2020 rematch versus undefeated lineal champion Tyson Fury by scoring a second stoppage beat over the often avoided Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs).
A single right cross from Wilder split the guard of Ortiz and dropped him against the ropes.
Ortiz was able to crawl to his knees and rose at the count of 10 as referee Kenny Bayless waved off the fight at 2:51 after looking into Ortiz’s eyes.
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“You can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight Ortiz,” Wilder said. “He’s very crafty in the ring and he moves strategically. I had to play around with him and measure him in certain places. I had to go back and go forward. My intellect is very high although I don’t get credit for it. I finally found my measurement and I took the shot and I hurt him.”
Wilder, 34, was thought to have taken an unnecessary opportunity by accepting a rematch against such a dangerous contender when he didn’t need to, especially with the Fury fight signed and only three months away.
The 40-year-old Ortiz nearly finished Wilder in Round 7 of their first fight in March 2018 before Wilder rallied to finish him.
“Ortiz is one of the best in the world and that’s why I gave him this opportunity,” Wilder said. Wilder found more success in the two rounds leading up to the stoppage and picked his spots for landing the perfect blow. He’s also the sixth heavyweight champion to make at least 10 title defenses.
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