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03 March 2018, 12:22 | Nina Perez
Wilder clearly hasn't forgotten about the incident and appeared to take aim at Ortiz
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The 32-year-old has defended that belt six times, winning every one of them inside the distance. This is a proper fight, his first real test. He forgets to punish the body, he forgets his defense, and that is risky with a counter-puncher like Ortiz.
Although the betting or fan favorite is Deontay Wilder, perhaps in the final analysis many have overlooked the fact that Wilder is emotionally tightly-winded.
"The fans of boxing have got to get exhausted of the bulls-", Wilder told Sporting News. Ortiz was popped dirty last October ahead of his originally scheduled bout with Wilder for failing to pre-disclose blood pressure medication, which can be used as a masking agent for other PEDs. Since then, Wilder has knocked out all 6 of his opponents, which include a devastating one vs. Artur Szpilka and a 2 devastating KO in a rematch with Stiverne.
Fighters usually don't take a big risk when they're on the verge of a mega-money fight when losing would no doubt destroy it.
If a fighter with some pop has the right backing and is brought along right, there's a fortune to be made by all parties involved.
"I see the Parker v Joshua fight going into the later rounds".
Most boxing pundits give Ortiz - a tricky southpaw with solid power - a reasonable chance of ending the American's reign in what will be Wilder's sixth defence and 40th fight as a professional. The two were supposed to meet previous year, but the bout was scrapped after Ortiz failed a drug test, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. Despite the failed tests, the Cuban-born powerhouse has left a trail of bodies in his background.
Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) is the third-ranked contender, according to the WBC rankings.
This is going to be more of a brawl than a technical match.
"From a promotional standpoint, you weren't screaming for the fight", Wilder's manager, Lou DiBella said, speaking to Kevin Iole. Ortiz has the slight reach advantage, but he will probably use his jab more effectively anyway. "It will be the biggest fight of our generation and the biggest fight of both of our careers".
After his first round demolition of former WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne in November, Wilder is strongly favoured to get past Ortiz.
"I really feel he doesn't have any confidence in Joshua".
"We want to see the very best beat the very best, if they want to get to the very top, and I know Joshua does".
What version of Ortiz will show up? Ortiz claims to be in good shape, but the weigh-in will tell that. "I change history", Ortiz has promised. But that was five fights ago for Ortiz, and the performances which followed have been either uninspiring or too hard to rate because of the quality of his opposition.
There's plenty of talk about a showdown between Joshua and Wilder even with the Parker fight still to come on April 1st (NZ time). I'm here to win the heavyweight championship of the world.
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Because despite being unschooled, undisciplined, and at times unwatchable, Wilder has so far also been unbeatable. I love to sit back and dissect music.
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