- Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz to retain his WBC heavyweight title
- Ortiz had been dominating the contest until Wilder landed a huge right hand
- Wilder will now set his sights on a rematch with Tyson Fury and a unification bout
Deontay Wilder ensured yet another highlight-reel knockout victory to see off Luis Ortiz and set up a blockbuster year of heavyweight boxing.
The Bronze Bomber went up against Ortiz for the second time after defeating the Cuban in an entertaining bout in May 2018, in which the 40-year-old had caused the WBC champion plenty of problems.
And it looked as though Wilder was struggling with Ortiz once again in Las Vegas. A strong argument could have been made to give the challenger all six rounds as Ortiz caused Wilder all sorts of problems with his awkward southpaw stance.
Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz to set up a blockbuster 2020 in heavyweight boxing
It was Wilder’s massive right hand that did the damage and brought at end to the fight
Ortiz was left flattened by the massive punch, and was counted out as he failed to get back up
The 40-year-old Cuban caused Wilder plenty of problems before the seventh round knockout
But as ever with the Bronze Bomber, that all-important right hand came to the fore and earned the champion another victory.
In the seventh round, Wilder landed a clean one-two combination that felled Ortiz, who was unable to make the count as the referee waved off the contest.
Speaking in the ring after the fight, Wilder said how difficult a challenge Ortiz posed.
‘You can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight him (Ortiz),’ he said. ‘He is very crafty in the ring and so I had to play around with him and calculate certain moves and measure him specifically.
As ever with Wilder, he only needs one shot and he landed it in the seventh to end the contest
Ortiz put in a strong performance and caused Wilder plenty of problems until he was felled
Wilder said Ortiz is one of the toughest fighters in the division and thanked him for the fight
Ortiz chat with Wilder and his daughter Kaorii in the ring after the bout at the MGM Grand
Wilder has now set his sights on a blockbuster 2020 with a Tyson Fury rematch in February to kick things off before facing off against the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr
‘Some say I can’t fight on my back feet but that’s my specialty. My intellect is very high in the ring. I had to throw the right hand a couple times and I finally had my measurement and took my shot and got him.
‘Ortiz is one of the best in the world that’s why i gave him a second opportunity so he could feed his family.’
Wilder now sets his sights on a rematch with Tyson Fury, with whom he drew in December last year. The rematch is scheduled for February 22, 2020.
‘Next of course we have Tyson Fury the rematch. It’s set for February then after that I want a unification bout. One face. One name. And that name is Deontay Wilder.’
Wilder entered the ring wearing a staggering outfit, complete with yet another mask
The Bronze Bomber took the adulation of the Las Vegas crowd has he entered the ring
Wilder has his hand raised by the referee to confirm his victory on Saturday night