Wilder Ortiz inflicted the first defeat in career

Wilder Ortiz inflicted the first defeat in career

"His punching power is ungodly".

Hearn responded: "It's the biggest fight in world boxing. and I always make the biggest fights possible".

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Wilder's win over Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs, 2 NC) was by far the most noteworthy victory of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native's nine-year pro career. Wilder chose to "bless" Ortiz with another shot four months later.

Deontay Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz inside 10 rounds following a riveting thriller at the Barclays Center, New York, with Wilder recovering from a torrid 7th to send Ortiz to the canvas thrice. He put up a great fight.

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"We knew we had to wear him down and he was a great opponent. I showed everyone I can take a punch".

The pace continued to slow through Round 5 as the crowd began to boo.

Then, in the seventh, Wilder was dazed and confused by Ortiz's assault. I thought I was up on the scorecard going in to the (tenth) round, but its heavyweight boxing and you never know whats going to happen, ” Ortiz said. The bell saved the champion from his first knockdown in his career. The 34-year-old Michigander, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist and the younger brother of former world 168-pound titlist Anthony Dirrell, appeared to grow old overnight.

It was Stiverne who stepped in last November to fight Wilder after Ortiz failed a drug test, and the Canadian was knocked out for his trouble. Ortiz, who has held the interim WBA title, is deferential only in his usual approach to a fight. "We gave our fans their money's worth". Every time he hit me it was putting me off balance. "He's just got to be smart and stick with the game plan". "And I was able to do that". A true champion always finds a way.

Wilder felt that was his recipe for taking his record to 40-0 with 39 KOs by finishing off the previously unbeaten Ortiz.

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Ortiz seemed to be finding a rhythm, circling to his right, safely away from Wilder's rocket back hand. Ortiz stumbled after absorbing that punch, but the ninth round ended several seconds later.

"I feel fine; I did receive a right hand, but I'm OK", Ortiz said. I believe in giving people the chance to stay in their own home.

Uzcategui went on to dominate the match-up, forcing the referee to call a stop to the fight after the end of the eighth round as he claimed the interim IBF super middleweight title. Fighting a southpaw is a hard thing because you only see a few of them in your career, but they see right-handers all day long. Others watching the fight had Ortiz ahead. Boxers sometimes use diuretics to lose weight before a weigh-in, but Ortiz fights at heavyweight, which has no weight limit. Ortiz was so dominant in those three minutes that Wilder looked bewildered at his predicament. "But this champion right here took on the opportunity".

This isn't the first time Ortiz fought an established heavyweight.

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