By Xavier Porter

(Brooklyn – November 24, 2019) – Deontay Wilder, the undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion, stepped inside his rematch bout against Heavyweight Title contender with one thing in mind and that was to win in stunning and dramatic fashion.

Once again, Wilder did not disappointment the many fans in attendance and watching at home as he landed a tremendous right hand, to the left-side of Ortiz’ forehead, that sent the former Cuban National star crashing down to the canvas in round seven.

Much of Wilder’s attack throughout the first six rounds was centered on his jab and a sweeping left hook that didn’t seem to land cleanly until early in round seven. With the seventh round waning, Wilder used a feint and a straight right cross to put Ortiz down, the first time he had been hurt at all in the fight.

Ortiz, who rose from the canvas and made it back onto his feet, was extremely hurt, and it was clear to see that he could not continue.

While Ortiz was able to get to his feet, referee Kenny Bayless waived off the bout at 2:51 into the seventh round. Ortiz led on all three scorecards, by margins of 58-56 and 59-55 twice. According to CompuBox, Ortiz out landed Wilder 35 to 34, with a 28 to 17 advantage in power punches.

After receiving such a powerful blow, referee Kenny Bayless made the right call and waving the fight off with nine seconds remaining in round seven.

“This is boxing,” said Ortiz, “I said that one of us was going to get knocked out and it wasn’t going to go 12 rounds. I was clear headed when I hit the canvas.”

“When I heard the referee say seven I was trying to get up, but I guess the count went a little quicker than I thought.”

Ortiz was having his way with Wilder, as he was clearly winning the fight on all ringside judges’ cards, easily outpointing, out-punching, and outmaneuvering the six-foot seven champion.

“This was a great fight and I thought I was clearly winning,” continued Ortiz.

“I got caught with a big shot and I have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit.  I knew my movement was giving him problems. I landed some big shots and I thought I had him hurt.  I thought I was up by the count and could have continued.”

Ortiz controlled much of the action of the fight as he sought to become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in history. Wilder was not very active in the early rounds, while Ortiz was able to effectively jab, move and throw overhand lefts to rack up rounds on the scorecard.

The question that begs to asked is: was he out thinking the best knockout artist in boxing?

At (42-0, 41 KOs), Wilder is extremely far ahead of so many fighters in division, speaking literally in the sense of the power that he possesses.

When you add in the mental aspect of what it takes to put total focus into winning each of your fights by way of knockout, well you’d have to put him into his own category.

“With Ortiz, you can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight him,” said Wilder.

“He’s very crafty, he moves strategically and his intellect is very high. I had to measure him in certain places.”

“I had to go in and out and finally I found my measurement,” said Wilder.

“I saw the shot and I took it. My intellect is very high in the ring and no one gives me credit for me. I think I buzzed him with a left hook earlier in the round and I took it from there.”

Wilder once again added a highlight-reel knockout to his resume in stopping Ortiz, live on Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View.

The “Bronze Bomber” has expressed time and time again that the money and big paydays will continue to come each and every time that he fights; however, that’s not what motivates him.

What motivates Wilder is chasing and creating legacy. Wilder has shared in recent months that he was to retire, undefeated, with all but one win by way of knockout.

Wilder made his 10th consecutive successful title defense, tying him with Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Tommy Burns and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as the only heavyweight champions to achieve that feat.

With the current crop of heavyweight fighters and promotional teams in boxing, he has a great opportunity to go down in history as the best and greatest fighter to ever lace up the gloves.

It behooves me that he’s not ranked on several media lpound-4-pound lists. Maybe after closing the show against such a technically skilled boxer in Ortiz, he may just be added to them.

What’s next for either man? Well for Wilder he has a contract in place to complete his rematch bout against current lineal and undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Their bout is scheduled to take place this coming February.

In the ring following the fight, Ortiz asserted that he will continue his quest for a heavyweight championship.

For Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs), he proved once again that he remains a viable threat to any world champion in his division.

I’d go as far in saying that he might get the winner of the heavyweight championship rematch bout between Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Anthony Joshua.

“Deontay showed great will and I’m not ashamed with my performance,” said Ortiz.

“I know I can beat anyone in the heavyweight division. My career is not over. I’m going to work my way back into a big fight.”

After the fight, Wilder told FOX Sports’ Heidi Androl that his goal is to unify the heavyweight division and become undisputed champion.

“Next, we have Tyson Fury in the rematch,” said Wilder.

“It’s scheduled for February, so we’ll see. Then, I want unification. I want one champion, one face and one heavyweight champion – Deontay Wilder.”

“The heavyweight division is too small, there should be one champion and it’s Deontay Wilder.”

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