Boxing: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Preview
It’s been a long time since Brooklyn has seen a big-time heavyweight boxing event. This Saturday, that all changes as the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY, will host just that. Showtime Boxing will be live and broadcast the PBC, Don King Promotions, and Lou Dibella Entertainment promoted event as the WBC World Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder squares off against Luis Ortiz.
Wilder and Ortiz were to meet in a bout last year. However, due to a failed drug test by Ortiz, promoters canceled the fight. Ortiz’s team claimed it was just a paperwork issue about a drug that was on the banned list. The WBC organization believed Ortiz, and here we are, with the 2 knockout artists finally getting in the ring.
The undefeated Deontay Wilder is one of the most criticized champions in the sport. Whether it’s his, sometimes erratic, boxing style, the size of his legs, or his opponents, it seems like nothing Wilder can do pleases social media or some hardcore boxing fans. A lot of it isn’t Wilder’s fault as 3 of his opponents have failed drug tests and 1 other potential opponent retired from the sport.
The 32-year-old, Wilder will be stepping into the ring with an unblemished record of 39-0 with 38 of those wins being by stoppage. By far, Wilder’s best opponent was the fight in which he won the WBC World Heavyweight Belt against Bermane Stiverne, 3 years ago. Since then, Wilder has knocked out all 6 of his opponents, which include a devastating one vs. Artur Szpilka and a 2nd devastating KO in a rematch with Stiverne.
When the southpaw, Luis Ortiz, steps into the ring this weekend, he will be a few week’s shy of his 39th birthday. However, his body has not taken much punishment. He’s a very skilled fighter with a lot of pop. He has been asking for a shot at either Wilder or Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, IBO, and WBA World Heavyweight titles. While Joshua is occupied facing Joseph Parker at the end of this month, Ortiz decided to concentrate on Wilder.
As I mentioned earlier, Ortiz failed a drug test last year when he and Wilder were supposed to 1st meet. It was not the 1st time that Ortiz failed a drug test. In fact, he also tested positive after his fight in 2014 with Lateef Kayode. Despite the failed tests, the Cuban-born powerhouse has left a trail of bodies in his background. His undefeated record stands at 28-0 with 24 KOs.
This is going to be more of a brawl than a technical match. Similar to what you may have seen last week at SuperFly 2. Ortiz has the slight reach advantage, but he will probably use his jab more effectively anyway. Wilder probably has more power and despite being “wilder” if he connects with his right, the fight will be over. The biggest question will be the footwork of both men. Can Ortiz move around enough to not only avoid Wilder’s right but also connect with his left?
I expect 1, maybe even 2, feel out rounds due to both guys knowing, and respecting the other man’s pop. I also expect Wilder to be the more aggressive fighter. He has to be since he has not shown the technical skill that Ortiz has so far. Ortiz claims to be in good shape, but the weigh-in will tell that. Without me knowing that now, I feel it will be hard for Ortiz to maneuver around the ring all night. Because of that, my prediction is Wilder catches Ortiz and ends the fight in the 5th.
One thing that seems evidently clear is that these men do not like each other. It doesn’t seem like an act put on for the cameras or something to sell tickets. These 2 guys want to knockout and hurt the other. The 2 have exchanged harsh words and with mean intentions. With the power that both of these big men own, it’s a guarantee that it will not need the judges. Someone will get dropped.
What could be more important is that the winner of this fight will hold the 1 remaining belt that will be decided between Joshua and Parker. That means a huge unification bout could be on the horizon to crown an undefeated, undisputed, unified World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. That’s something that we haven’t seen since 2000 with Lennox Lewis. Also, it has only happened 1 time since 1992 with Riddick Bowe. It’s been a long-time boxing fans, sit back and enjoy it, this could be fun.