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‘Bronze Bomber’ to stop Ortiz again? Get Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz tips

Leigh Copson 6 Nov 2019
Deontay Wilder (credit:USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz predictions for the world heavyweight title fight on Saturday, November 23. Will Deontay Wilder stop Luis Ortiz for the second time in his career to retain the WBC world heavyweight title, or can the challenger provide with heavyweight division with its second massive shock of 2019? Read on for our betting tips & guide to heavyweight title fight on December 7.

Road To Wilder v Ortiz 2

Depending on where you stand, Deontay Wilder is either fortunate or unfortunate to be walking into this fight with the WBC world heavyweight title still in his possession. Wilder faced the toughest test of his career last December when he defended his crown against former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and it appeared like it would be a test that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ would fail as he was out-boxed and out-classed for the vast majority of the contest. The champion’s brutal punching power meant he was always just one shot away from swinging things in his favour though, and in the final round he appeared to have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when he sent Fury crashing to the canvas for the second time. The challenger did not move after initially hit the canvas, but out of nowhere he summoned the willpower to get back to his feet to complete the full 12 rounds and despite both knockdowns Fury still appeared to have done enough to dethrone Wilder. Two of the judges did not share that belief however, with one scoring it a draw and another bizarrely awarding it to the champion, and as a result Wilder clung onto his belt via a split decision draw.

Once again boxing had been stained by scandalous scoring and the World Boxing Council (WBC) clearly agreed that the judges had got it horribly wrong, swiftly ordering a rematch between the two men for this year. Fury had other ideas though, instead signing on for a couple of fighters against lesser opposition before inking a big-money deal to wrestle a match World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) at a big show in Saudi Arabia. That left Wilder with an empty dance card for 2019 and he has opted to settle a few old scores while waiting for Fury to step up and challenge him once again.

Wilder’s first port of call was former heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale. While the two men had never met in the boxing ring, Wilder and Breazeale had developed quite the feud over an incident at a hotel back in February 2017 and did not hold back when it came to the verbal jabs in the build up to the fight. Breazeale gave as good as he got in that respect, but when verbal shots were swapped for actual punches he came up well short. Wilder rocked him early in the first and when the challenger finally answered back with a decent counter, the champion decided to bring it to a close, uncorking a right hand to the jaw that sent the challenger sprawling to the canvas with 43 seconds remaining in the opening round. The bout was in the books and now the question was who would Wilder take on next?

Within weeks the heavyweight division had been stunned by Andy Ruiz Jr’s sensational knockout win over Anthony Joshua, but with a rematch clause in the contract for that fight it meant Wilder again would be forced to look elsewhere and this time he would opt for a rematch with a man who caused him quite the scare in March 2018 – Luis Ortiz. The first few rounds of the contest were a dour affair that could have put an insomniac to sleep, and when Wilder did finally land a big shot that dropped Ortiz, in the fifth, it was too late in the round for the champion to wrap things up. He almost regretted it in the seventh when Ortiz suddenly took control of the contest, unloading with a flurry of punches that had Wilder reeling and on the brink of being stopped. The champion survived that gigantic scare though and when he got the challenger reeling himself in the 10th he closed the show. It had been the toughest challenge Wilder had faced in his career up until that point – could the rematch be even tougher?

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz 2 Tips

Ortiz may have caused some problems for Wilder in that first fight before running out of steam, but I feel like the champion will have learned a lot from the adversity he faced in that bout and the last time he fought someone for the second time, Bermane Stiverne, he brutally sent him packing inside three minutes. Ortiz is too talented to go that quickly, but he is now 40 years old with loads of mileage on the clock and you have to wonder just how much he has left in the tank. The Ortiz that Wilder faces here is almost two years older and is certainly a lot slower, so I expect Wilder to make much more straightforward work of the challenger here, finishing the fight inside six rounds, with four to six being my favoured option if you want to narrow it down to three rounds instead of six.

Tale Of The Tape

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz Stats

Deontay WilderLuis Ortiz
41 (40 KOs)Wins31 (26 KOs)
0Losses1 (1 KOs)
136Total Rounds154
6' 7"Height6' 4"
Current WBC champion.World Titles-

What The Fighters Said

Deontay Wilder talking to ESPN: “I had the flu [during the first fight]. I was very ill. No one knows this but my team. I only had a few weeks to train for him. I was too sick to train.  I don’t make excuses, but I was very ill and I was able to do what I did with him then. Now I’m super strong. By me already knowing him it’s going to make it even easier. I’m getting him out of there. Expect to see a first-round knockout.”

Luis Ortiz: “I’m not a man of many words, but the opportunity is here and it was destined to be. A warrior doesn’t abandon his mission. My mission is to become world champion. I’ve trained very hard since my loss and it will all culminate on November 23. I won’t make the same mistake this time like I made in the last fight. I’m going to be more prepared, more aggressive and have more of everything. I’m taking it all up a level.”

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