Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz

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Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz
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Average: 4.1 (14 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: 
Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Titles at Stake: 
WBC Heavyweight World Title (Wilder's 7th defence)
Referee: 
David Fields

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WBC heavyweight world champion, Alabama's Deontay Wilder, takes on his toughest opponent yet, as he is challenged by awkward, hard hitting Cuban, Luis Ortiz.

Wilder is the favourite, but some predict he will lose, and most, do not think the win will come easily.

The fight begins at a tentative pace, Wilder feinting, Ortiz, trying to bully the champion.

No punches are really thrown, very few are landed, for 3 negative, eye gripping rounds, Ortiz, landing the occasional power shot, hitting Wilder with a couple of lefts to the ribcage. Wilder hits Ortiz with a clean, sharp jab in the second, but is otherwise, without punches landed in the first 3 rounds.

The fight becomes more interesting in round 4, as Wilder begins to take a few more chances, he starts the round well, lands a good shot, but a controlled, and still bulldog like Ortiz is able to back him up, land some good shots of his own, at times, he has Wilder trapped in a corner, and struggling to block punches coming from the challenger, who seems to be winning the fight.

The fight continues to be interesting in round 5, and at the end of the round, it becomes more entertaining, as Wilder lands 2 clean right hands to the head of Ortiz, putting him on the canvas. Ortiz is hurt, but not out on his feet, and has a full minute to recover, but Wilder makes his first real breakthrough in the fight with the knockdown.

The champion is growing in confidence as he is able to have better control of the ring in the next round, Ortiz struggles to find good opportunities to let shots go without running into danger, and Wilder is able to pick Ortiz off with a couple of good straight shots.

Wilder seems to believe he is hurting a seemingly tiring Ortiz, and near the end of the seventh, after a couple of tentative minutes, Wilder goes on the offensive, lands some good shots, seems to have Ortiz where he wants him, but it is apparent that Ortiz is far from finished, as Wilder, walks into a lethal counter from Ortiz, Wilder is badly hurt, and Ortiz capitalises, batters the champion in a corner. For a long 40 seconds for Deontay Wilder, Ortiz does everything but knock the champion off his feet, as Wilder, without his legs, and fighting on fitness, courage, withstands heavy punishment, takes a brutal beating.

It seems as if Wilder is about to get stopped, but it is also clear that a 38 year old Ortiz, who has just thrown the kitchen sink at Wilder, is exhausted, and possibly unable to repeat his fantastic round of dominance.

Mark Breland tells Wilder to keep the jab in Ortiz's face and stay off the ropes. Wilder is clearly not fully recovered after the minute, but Ortiz seems to have punched himself out, and Wilder is able to keep him off by doing as his trainer told him, Ortiz is still aggressive, but is lethargic, misses whenever he commits, is unable to pin a recovering Wilder down, and fails to generate the same power he did earlier in the fight, when he does land clean.

Wilder seems to have recovered in round 9, but is very cautious, Ortiz is still exhausted, and unable to force the fight, and Wilder seems to hurt Ortiz slightly at the end of a narrow round.

The fight changes in round 10, as the champion, determined, gutsy, has found a second wind, and has fully recovered from the 7th round crisis he endured, and Ortiz can throw little, any punches he can produce only give Wilder more of a target.

As an exhausted Ortiz tries to walk Wilder down, Wilder, off the back foot, lands a clean, perfectly timed, right hand which badly hurts Ortiz, and he goes for the finish the split second he sees Ortiz is hurt. Ortiz is rocked, staying up on toughness, and after a smashing left hook, a couple of crushing overhand rights, he falls down heavily, in agony, struggles for breath, but shows a warrior's heart, rises to his feet, only for Wilder to resume his attack, land a couple more crushing shots, which causes a defenceless, vulnerable Ortiz to hit the deck again, heavily, and referee David Fields, quite rightly, to call a halt to the contest.

Deontay Wilder achieves his best career win, makes a statement, comes through a torrid time, has a war, and wins it, defending his title, and proving himself. Wilder gives a very sportsman like post fight interview, he praises his outspoken opponent, who is gracious in defeat, but quite understandably devastated.

Interestingly, although most believe Ortiz was ahead in the fight, all three judges' scorecards read 85-84 in favour of Deontay Wilder.




Fan Cards: Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz


scorecard by AKHMAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
82
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
10
10
10
10
88


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
10
10
10
8
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
9
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
10
10
10
9
87


scorecard by KAISERKOBA
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
8
10
82
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
86
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
9
8
9
10
10
9
84


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
9
82
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
10
87


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
10
10
10
8
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
9
8
9
10
10
9
84


scorecard by SHOWTIME10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
10
10
10
9
86


scorecard by WINGSTOP
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by JDTOMP29
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by OASIS-OF-REASON
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
8
9
9
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
10
86


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
9
82
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
10
87


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
8
9
10
83
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
85
LUIS ORTIZ
10
9
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
85


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


scorecard by TJK146114
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
84
LUIS ORTIZ
10
10
10
10
8
9
10
10
9
86


Comments

Gold's picture

I think this is a decent fight. Luis Ortiz is definitely a top heavyweight contender and was the best guy available for Deontay Wilder to fight, so at least that much can be appreciated. Some people think Ortiz will give Wilder trouble but I think this is around an 85/15 fight for Wilder where Wilder would have to do a lot wrong to lose. I believe this is kind of a no-win fight for Wilder, if he wins and destroys Ortiz, then his detractors will just say he beat an old man, and if he has some difficulty, then he will continue to be seen as limited by his detractors.

In terms of outside factors, the fight is in New York City where Wilder has fought a few times. I assume he will have the home crowd advantage but there could be a small Cuban faction as well. Wilder is also the A-side champion with considerable promotional backing so Wilder may get the benefit of the doubt if things are really close.

For Wilder, he’s been at the world level for a few years now. He’s 32, in his prime as a big but trim heavyweight, 6’7 with an 83 inch reach but usually only weighs around 220 lbs. Wilder only started boxing at 19, and he apparently has a pretty good amateur pedigree where he won an Olympic Bronze in 2008, but it doesn’t really show in the ring. Wilder mainly has success through his athleticism and power. However, he does have a good jab and uses it well to push forward, setting up his big power right hand which is the biggest punch at Heavyweight. He won the title off of Bermane Stiverne in 2015, the only time he ever went the distance, where he hurt his hand but dominated Stiverne. Wilder was to fight Alexander Povetkin in Russia which would have been a great name on Wilder’s resume, but Povetkin popped for steroids. Since beating Stiverne, he has made six defenses of his title against mediocre opposition, dominating and knocking them all out.

For Ortiz, he has been just below the world level for quite some time now. He’s old, supposedly 40 years old, but he may be even older as Cuban defectors often have misrepresented birth dates. Ortiz is a good sized heavyweight, 6’4 with an 84 inch reach at around 240 lbs. He has a strong Cuban amateur pedigree, and he is a southpaw counterpuncher which is quite odd and rare at heavyweight. He has a pretty big punch which he used to knock out his best opponent Bryant Jennings. He has popped for steroids a few times now which has prevented him from fighting for legitimate world titles, making this his first world title appearance. Interestingly, Ortiz has only went ten or more rounds once in his entire professional career.

I think Wilder will win this fight pretty easily. For Ortiz to win, he is going to have to stay on his game the entire night, and I don’t know if he has the engine that Wilder does. I believe Ortiz may get exposed as well, he won’t be able to roid out given his doping program is not sophisticated enough to beat VADA testing, so we may see a quite limited version of Ortiz. It may take Wilder a moment to figure Ortiz out as Ortiz has such a strange style for heavyweight, but once he does I think Wilder will open up behind his jab and eventually knock Ortiz out.

Regardless of who wins, they will likely have to take one more fight between now and the anticipated undisputed heavyweight championship match-up between them and the winner of Joshua/Parker because of Povetkin’s WBA mandatory. If Wilder loses, I don’t think he is done, he is still relatively young for a heavyweight and can work his way back into contention. If Ortiz loses, I think he is definitely done as a top level heavyweight, he is old and won’t be in demand anymore.

Champion97's picture

I think Wilder's opposition is underrated, I mean, Gerald Washington beat Eddie Chambers, Artur Szpilka beat Tomasz Adamek, Johann Duhaupas beat Manuel Charr and Robert Helenius, Stieverne, a few years back, around and before the time of the Wilder fight, was a very good fighter, I'm not saying for a second that his opposition has been fantastic, but he hasn't been fighting guys with many losses, just fighters who aren't at the level that we would hope to see Wilder fight. People say Wilder fights bums, but they don't use their brains, it isn't the fights he has had, it is the important fight he has or hasn't had, his opposition, overall, would be great, had it been him who fought Klitschko and not Joshua.

I honestly think Ortiz is overrated, I certainly don't think he makes the top 5, no way.

Gold's picture

They aren't necessarily bad opponents, perhaps I should have said middling opposition instead of mediocre. I just don't think there are a lot of good heavyweight opponents in general though. Stiverne the first time around was his best opponent and a good resume name, I agree. Ortiz is overrated by some but heavyweight is so barren that he makes the top five for me: Joshua, Wilder, Parker, Povetkin, Ortiz. Who else could even make the top five? H. Fury who has almost no resume outside of losing to Parker? Pulev who wouldn't fight Joshua? After that it gets really sad, we are talking about the Big Baby Miller's and Whyte's of the world.

what_is_the_default_password's picture

I cannot help but agree with Tony Bellew that an Ortiz win would be 'disaster for boxing'. Despite the abysmal state of the heavyweight division, its champions would always be considered as the faces of boxing. Do we want someone who failed his drug test twice to be one of the faces? I know I rather have a windmilling fellow instead of someone who got caught doping twice.

Regardless, Wilder has youth on his side. He just need to know when (not) to use his windmills...

Champion97's picture

Trust me, this is a mismatch. Ortiz is not that good, he's old, not well conditioned, he can't take the wrath of his opponent, and he doesn't hit THAT hard, this mother*****r is going to sleep, and when he wakes up, he'll think he had a nightmare about being whopped, and put right in his place.

I hate that 'windmill' crap, I think we should leave that to the casuals, and the people who like to use their lack of knowledge to annoy. Wilder does throw wild over hands, but what you have to take from that is that he is unorthodox, and bear in mind, the shot he nearly killed Szpilka with, as a short, sweeping counter right, and the shot he hurt Stiverne with, was a solid straight right, straight down the middle, his left hook is very, very underrated, and Wilder may not be that selective with his shots, but he is very versatile, and he varies up his angles and distances when he throws his power shots, 'windmill', just like saying Mayweather is a ballet dancer, saying that Joshua is a bodybuilder, no Wilder is the real deal, I struggle to see how he isn't top 3 in anybody's mind, and at the moment, I think he is the top dog, followed by Joshua, followed by Parker.

what_is_the_default_password's picture

Wilder is certainly underrated in a technical perspective. In any case, a win over Ortiz will solidify his status as a truly elite Heavyweight for those who question his ability. Ortiz is the name Wilder needs on his resume; after Wilder get rid of that old doping fart he can move on to bigger names on his hit list.

The 'windmill' is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek meme, at least for those who understands what they are watching. Of course, there will always be 'casuals' who sprout these labels un-ironically, unfortunately. In any case, in this day and age of the internet I don't think it is bad for a fighter to become well-known (among casuals because the money that keeps the business going flows from their grubby wallets) because of some silly memes. There is no such a thing as bad publicity, or so the saying goes. 'Windmill' certainly sounds funnier than a 'bodybuilder' or a 'ballet dancer'...

Boxing Purist's picture

A mismatch, Ortiz lost 2 rounds arguably 3 of the 9 completed rounds by the time he tired and got stopped. Joshua has been fighting top fighters time after time and fighting another in Parker in a couple weeks, Wilder has this single good win out of 40 and you want to call AJ vs Wilder 50-50. I highly doubt Wilder could make it through White, Breazeale, Klitschko, Takam & Parker undefeated, but lets put Wilder on a level playing field as AJ, ridiculous.

Champion58's picture

Wilder by knockout, in 6 or 7.

Champion97's picture

What a fight!
That wasn't as great as Joshua vs Klitschko, but it was still a great fight!
Ortiz did a lot better than I expected, he boxed very well early, showed a lot of good fundamentals, he was able to block well, he knew what he had to do to win a round without giving Wilder any opportunities.
I thought Ortiz was done after round 5, he got tagged with 2 clean right hands, and he was hurt, but he came back, and it was actually Wilder's decision to take the risk of going for it in that seventh, which put him in trouble, Ortiz is experienced, and he wasn't intimated, he countered, and he countered with natral power, it wasn't a tense, forced shot, it was accurate, it rattled Wilder's senses, and I think at that point, Ortiz was extremely confident, maybe even certain, that Wilder was about to get stopped, and after that, I think Ortiz couldn't find a second wind, and in round 10, Wilder had been patient, the more they opened up at that point, the more damage Wilder could do, and that finish was brutal, there were at least 5 huge punches there, I was worried for Ortiz, if there was anything wrong with him, he wouldn't be walking around talking, and he's doing that, so that's a relief.

Wilder showed a lot of class saluting Ortiz like that, mentioning that they both have the struggle in common, of having a daughter who is unwell, I think that makes a difference.
Wilder should be praised for his sportsmanship, let's not forget, that Ortiz probably wasn't clean in this fight, and he has wasted a lot of Wilder's time with his drug cheating, as well as doing the sport an injustice by doing that, he was very lucky to get this shot.

I'm very glad Wilder is finally getting the credit he deserves, and maybe now, Joshua vs Wilder will be looked at as the 50/50 fight it is!

If Joshua beats Parker, won't be easy, but I think he will win, then the Wilder fight should happen, and I think it will.

Showtime10's picture

Easy fight to score from 5-9, but I disagreed with the judges based on the first 4 rounds, they were close, but I gave them all to Ortiz, the judges must have given at least 2 of those rounds to Wilder.

Boxing Purist's picture

Terrible & corrupt judging. I can't fathom how there are people that actually think Wilder with his no technique and 1 win over a ranked opponent (a very old opponent) but still 1 win in 40 over a live body, and there are people that think this guy beats Joshua. Laughable, AJ is infinitely more skilled, is younger, hits just as hard, and has fought and stopped numerous top ranked opponents. There have been numerous HW's over the years with power like Wilder's (AJ being one of them) a punchers chance is all Wilder has, although bad news for him AJ has the same chance with his crazy power, but he can also box Wilder to a shutout. I believe AJ shuts Wilder out for 5 rounds then turns Wilder's lights out in the 6th.

Gold's picture

If you don't think Ortiz was a good win, AJ's best win is versus an old Wlad coming off a year and a half layoff after a loss and other than that we are talking about the Whytes and Breazales of the world, some "ranked" opponents. AJ's power is probably the most overrated at Heavyweight, either him or Povetkin at the moment. Just think of what Wilder would be if he didn't have all-world level power. He would never have world title let alone sparked Ortiz. Wilder would have gotten Takam out of there while AJ needed the referee to do it for him. Not saying that means AJ is trash, he is a better all-around boxer, but sometimes at Heavyweight power is the only relevant metric.

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Gold's picture

Oh, okay

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Boxing Purist's picture

Dude, shut up. You have your opinions, and I have mine. You've been crying all day, I think Wilder sucks, I don't care if you don't agree. And I don't care to get in a back and forth with someone that loses their nut like you. You defend people that attack and threaten others for their scorecards, you've deleted fights I've asked for that you created over a comment about Deontay Wilder. Grow up and quit acting like a child throwing a all day temper tantrum, over some comments you don't agree with. I don't like the clear favoritism you show to certain people, even if they go off the deep end on someone unprovoked, but I'm not telling you to get off the site or throwing a hissy like you do about it. Grow up, man up, you need to do both, either way there is no need for us to talk to each other, but I'm not going anywhere. There are much worse offenders to other users here that you're chums with, so you have no business telling me to leave anyway.

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I don't care though, just like you don't care that I think your opinion of Wilder is BS. Do you really think there aren't more than a few fighters in the boxing game that agree with my opinion? You'd be off if you did, I simply don't care to look. Just because I don't agree with you on Deontay fucking Wilder somehow means I don't know boxing, I mean could you act anymore like a child who doesn't get his way, in my view you don't know about boxing because you hold Wilder in such high regard/on a level of AJ. The guy is a can crusher with 1 good win to his name in 40 fights, double the amount of AJ who has more impressive wins in 20 fights. You can continue to cry and throw a fit all you like, but I'm not going to go back and forth with you. I simply don't care enough about you or the topic, and we're not going to change each others minds. You carry on throwing your hissy if you like, but I'm done with you.

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And you should be Champion_Crybaby_Bitch97.

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You're the one calling me a piece a shit you moron, you are throwing a childish fit. Learn from a nut, you are off your rocker, how is this type of behavior allowed to go on here, you keep escalating. How many comments did you make insulting me before I said anything 10-15, just fuck off already man you seriously are coming off as crazy, you're not going to change my opinion.