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Wilder vs. Ortiz Is The Major Heavyweight Fight America Has Been Waiting For

February 27, 2018


The third trys a charm, as they say.Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has tried to test himself against a true top heavyweight on two occasions, and twice that opportunity has been taken away from him for reasons beyond his control. In 2016, Wilder signed on to face Alexander Povetkin on the road in Russia, however Povetkin tested positive for PEDs. Earlier this year, he signed on for an even riskier fight, against Cuban powerhouse Luis Ortiz, however Ortiz too failed a pre-fight drug test.Finally, Ortiz is clean, and that fight will actually happen on Saturday in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight championship, and depending on who you ask, is either the best heavyweight in the world, the second-best or the third-best. The only two other names in the conversation are British megastar Anthony Joshua and Ortiz. Thats why, as BoxingScene pointed out, this is the biggest heavyweight title fight on American soil since Lennox Lewis battled Vitali Klitschko in 2003.The Birmingham native has created noise around the division in the United States that hasnt been heard in some time. The past 15 years or so havent exactly been outstanding for American heavyweights, with the best of the bunch being Hasim Rahman in the early 2000s. Since then, its mostly been a steady conveyor belt of fighters not even close to being good enough to beat either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. But with the Hall of Fame brothers out of the picture, Wilder has thrived, scoring one highlight reel knockout after another and becoming a ratings force on both cable television and premium cable on SHOWTIME.
I read a comment on my Twitter feed from a fan saying that this fight card would be pay-per-view worthy. Well, I guess that thats a compliment but I think its a bigger compliment to the people at SHOWTIME that this is a live tripleheader on premium cable, said promoter Lou DiBella.
Despite the controversy surrounding Ortiz with regards to PEDs, he can most definitely fight. Wilder is the toughest test of his career, as he is for Wilder, but he far exceeds his opponent in terms of amateur pedigree, and in the eyes of boxing experts, boxing technique.That said, Wilder has no doubt he can do to him what hes done to every opponent hes ever faced.
I fought this fight 100 times and the thing about it - about this fight - out of the 100 times I done fought this fight, most days were similar but the only thing that was different out of the 100 times I done fought this fight, the ending it ended in different ways, different knockouts because I will knock him out, said Wilder. He dealing with a guy that aint afraid of not one human being on Earth, especially when you get in that jungle and I am the king of the jungle. I am the lion of the jungle. Hes never faced nobody with the pedigree with the killer instinct that I have inside of me. Hes never faced a guy that wanted to knock his head off so clean off his shoulders. He never been in there with a guy that wont back down, wont budge. I cant wait. I hope hes sleeping good, too. I hope youre getting all your minerals, your protein and youre taking your medicine faithfully because March the 3rd its going to be a real fight. Id like to welcome you to the real sport of boxing.
Ultimately, the dream matchup for boxing fans, and the all-encompassing boxing business is a showdown between Wilder and Joshua. Joshua has otherworldly levels of popularity in the UK, with the ability to draw more than 70,000 fans to a soccer stadium every time he fights. Youd be hard-pressed to find an athlete, band, act, whatever who can draw that number of people on a consistent basis in the same city.Wilder is no slouch himself, having notched the highest rated telecast of the past decade in his first meeting with Bermane Stiverne, and regularly drawing 10,000 fans in Brooklyn. But what really matters is their ability. Would Joshua drive the ticket sales for the fight? Yes. But the fact that the two of them are young, undefeated knockout artists is what matters to television viewers, and what well remember when we look back on the fight.Ask Ortiz though, and we wont even be getting that fight.
Everybody that talks as much as Deontay loses. Brandon Rios just the other day was talking and talking and talking and talking against Danny Garcia and look what happened. None of this talk bothers me. He can talk all he wants. Deontay is trying to convince himself, said Ortiz.

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