Saturday night March 3 is the Battle of the heavyweight between WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (39-0; 38 KOs) and Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0; 24 KOs). This will be Wilder’s 7th defence of his WBC Heavyweight title.
Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder
Born: 1985-10-22 / age 32
Height: 6′ 7″ / 201cm
Reach: 83″ / 211cm
Pro record: 39W / 0L
This will be Wilder’s chance to prove himself as a legitimate Heavyweight. Compared to Wilder’s previous opponents, this will be his biggest test.
For this fight against Luis Ortiz, Wilder will have a one-inch reach advantage, and is 3 inches taller than Ortiz. Wilder is also the faster and more mobile fighter. Wilder needs to keep good distance and movements, and soften Ortiz by keeping him at the end of his jab and combo with his right hand to ensure victory against the Cuban.
Everyone knows about Wilder’s frightening right hand which was proven in most of his past fights. We saw how Wilder annihilated Bermane Stiverne by 1st round knockout last November. Wilder’s right hand is no joke. It’s what carried him in his last 39 fights.
Now, although Wilder is often criticized with his sloppy techniques, He tends to only go “wild” when he knows he has his opponent hurt. Also what’s not appreciated of Wilder’s boxing ability is his underrated counter-punching ability. If he fights smart, he can break down Ortiz and force him to make mistakes in which Wilder can capitalize.
Luis “King Kong” Ortiz
Born: 1979-03-29 / age 38
Height: 6′ 4″ / 193cm
Reach: 84″ / 213cm
Pro record: 28W / 0L
Ortiz is no pushover. He is a powerhouse at will. He punches just as hard as Wilder.
Its clear Ortiz will be the aggressor in this fight. He may try to get inside of Wilder to impose his mass. He may attempt to push Wilder around in the ring as well, and utilize inside tactics. That may play against Ortiz, but he can be crafty. Ortiz is a smart fighter, and have better boxing IQ than Wilder. One thing that is underrated of Ortiz is his solid chin. I have never seen Ortiz hurt, or terribly fatigued from his previous fights. The burning question is, will that be enough for Luis Ortiz to be able to defeat the heavyweight tyrant that is Deontay Wilder?
Bryant Jennings was Ortiz’s best win, who he dominated in seven rounds back in December 2015. He defeated Tony Thompson after, then faced a 12 round decision win against Malik Scott, who was probably his second best win and showed that he can go the full 12 rounds if he wants to. In his last two fights, Ortiz has beaten David Allen and Daniel Martz, in the past two Decembers. Ortiz is experienced. He has plenty of experience from the amateur as well.
This is exactly what I want out of a Heavyweight fight. Luis Ortiz has the skill set and style to cause a lot of problems for Wilder. I can see Ortiz winning the first four rounds however Wilder is rugged, and is not afraid to go to war against Ortiz. The battle will be determined by wits and smarts.
I predict Deontay Wilder stopping Luis Ortiz late in the 6th round.
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Author: Allan Blackett