Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Preview

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

There's loads of different ways we can do the fight, but let's just get it made.

The American heavyweight aimed a fresh verbal attack at fellow champion Joshua and Hearn ahead of his WBC title defence against Luis Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.

However, Ortiz has the reach and the pedigree to box, the ancient schooling to think beyond belting punches and if that happens then something special could unfold; win or lose we find out if Wilder can fight.

"A lot of people that believe in me and know me well know that I would not do anything that can jeopardize my future as a boxer", Ortiz said. We would see Deontay Wilder battling it out with Luis Ortiz (or probably blowing him away) in the WBC Belt match on March 3, in NY. He looks good, like that.750 hitter in high school who has a first-round draft grade, but until you see him against major league pitching, it's all just projection and opinion.

He added: 'It's a really good fight, but there's two problems for Luis Ortiz. We know Ortiz can, we have just never been sure if he wants to.

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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. Come and test me. Two days later he cuffed, pushed, clipped and hit Audley Harrison when he was down for yet another first round win; I guess the 70-second stoppage proved two points. I saw him get dropped in sparring before, but sparring's sparring. But I tell people all the time that even when I speak-whether it's in a small crowd or big crowd-I don't use my mind.

Thomas is clashing with David Allen on the Kell Brook undercard on Saturday and in an interview with BoxingEgo back in October, he opened up on sparring with Wilder, Joshua, Povetkin and Ortiz. "I go to the bathroom a lot already". He has been asking for a shot at either Wilder or Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, IBO, and WBA World Heavyweight titles.

Here's a look at where the money is going from Vegas bookmakers, along with opinions from boxing experts, boxers' trainers and my prediction for the fight. Ortiz is a sound southpaw boxer with legit power. I will knock him out and then I will unify the division. This is what makes me happy and gives me thrills.

Looking past his history with drugs is just too hard to do in this case, making the idea of Ortiz truly being the most well-rounded and unsafe heavyweight in boxing just that - an idea, if not an outright mirage. Even if Wilder can't, in the classical sense, fight, "man, can he punch"-to borrow the words of Mike Tyson after watching Evander Holyfield knock out Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1987". 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. But go back and watch the body language of the man who stepped into the ring last November against Stiverne.

Like Stiverne, Ortiz is nearly certainly going to have to deal with Wilder coming out fast in round one. However, due to a failed drug test by Ortiz, promoters canceled the fight.

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