Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Preview

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Preview

Not bad, huh? The events of the next four weeks will go a long way towards dictating the landscape of the division and which fighter will move one match away from undisputed status. Throughout history, that man has always been the heavyweight champion of the world, something boxing hasn't really had since Lewis retired following an unexpectedly hard win over Klitschko's big brother Vitali in 2002. I know he has nice skills like all Cuban fighters.

Wilder taking top spot probably won't come as a surprise, particularly if Thomas was still thinking in terms of pure power but choosing Ortiz over Joshua will certainly cause a shock.

Ortiz is a bigger and more refined boxer than Szpilka.

He's making very small money and needs a new promoter. However, with every passing day and comment from both sides, it seems as if that bout - the one most fans want to see - will be pushed off in an attempt to further build this rivalry. Marvin Hagler used to get dropped in sparring a lot, Mike Tyson got dropped in sparring'.

Look the part surely means a devastating performance this weekend. I would give him that easily. And if that's the case, then Wilder is fighting him at the most opportune time.

After his first round demolition of former WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne in November, Wilder is strongly favoured to get past Ortiz.

If Wilder loses, it would be the worst managerial decision made by a heavyweight title holder since Joe Frazier agreed to face George Foreman for $875,000 instead of giving Muhammad Ali purse parity in a rematch and splitting at least six million dollars.

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And to that end, Wilder feels Hearn is holding "AJ" back. When he signed to meet Ortiz a year ago I predicted the bout wouldn't be realized and it wasn't, and now all of a sudden it's a go? While Joshua is occupied facing Joseph Parker at the end of this month, Ortiz chose to concentrate on Wilder.

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. Eddie doesn't have to take a punch in his life.

If Wilder and Joshua face-off this year, who takes it? Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) will put his belts up against WBO champ Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) of New Zealand on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales.

"Wilder was talking about he wants a 50-50 split". Wilder is positioning himself for a showdown with WBA and IBF world champion Anthony Joshua. They avoided him. So I said, here was the opportunity to bless Ortiz with this opportunity.

The fight was canned, and now he had a valid excuse not to schedule another fight against him. Again, pick up the phone, call me Deontay.

Despite the fact that Ortiz denied taking illegal drugs -he claimed taking prescribed medication due to medical conditions such as high blood pressure- he was investigated, suspended, and labeled a "cheater" by many especially, a very angry Deontay Wilder, who said, "I will punish the cheater, ". Will the technical mistakes the still-raw Wilder regularly makes come back to haunt him? I want to do what I want to do, accomplish it, defend my titles for a couple of years once I unify the division. If he doesn't, like I said, it'll be shame on him to put people through so much pain and it's ridiculous that we have to be talking about this still at this point in time with drugs and cheating and stuff but I think he's going to do the right thing and so with that being said, I'm not anxious about it.

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