Nobody has interest in seeing Ortiz fight Joshua, nor anyone else; he lacks personality and charisma and isn't close to being a draw.
WBC champion Wilder is the favourite, but even he admits this will be the biggest test of his career so far when he faces Cuban Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Barclays Center in NY.
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. I've had to fight all of my life because people said I wouldn't amount to anything. We would see Deontay Wilder battling it out with Luis Ortiz (or probably blowing him away) in the WBC Belt match on March 3, in NY.
They were supposed to fight in November of 2017, but Ortiz tested positive for banned diuretics commonly found in blood pressure medication one month prior. It's frustrating how much a loss hurts a fighter in modern boxing. "But no matter what kind of cake we come out with, on those candles, it's gonna say "Bomb Zquad" all day, baby".
Wilder's situation shows everything that is wrong with 21st century boxing: the lack of depth in most divisions; the unwillingness of promoters to take risks with their fighters; the abhorrent lack of PR and marketing of its stars; and the willingness of so many to take shortcuts and turn to performance-enhancing drugs. We know Ortiz can, we have just never been sure if he wants to.
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"But I think the fact remains: I am the most unsafe man in the heavyweight division". Come and test me. He wanted me to go and I wanted the same for him, so we're asking God to have mercy on my soul because I'm about to destroy him.
Before Joshua fought Carlos Takam in October, Hearn said Wilder wouldn't fight British heavyweight Dillian Whyte. If I would have known this prescription drug was not allowed, I would have told my trainer and my doctor.
"The second time we already assumed he would do it and he did". They avoided him. So I said, here was the opportunity to bless Ortiz with this opportunity. "Boxing is a insane business", said Wilder to ESPN.
Most definitely. I've got a lot of friends in the music industry.
"I must prove to myself and the people who is the best in the world", Wilder said.
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Counting Wilder out comes at the expense of acknowledging that he brings the most risky weapon of either man into the fight with his huge right hand.
If you can guarantee Ortiz will be the version of himself who beat Jennings, Wilder would need to be looked at as a solid underdog. Ortiz isn't in boxing for the long haul or to establish a legacy as one of the greats - it's too late for that. And that can only be realized by Joshua fighting and beating Wilder; not Ortiz.
They should be supporters of his heavyweight opponent Anthony Joshua, but members of the England sevens team have visited Joseph Parker's gym in Las Vegas to offer their support.
The thing that is certain is that Wilder will see a major league fastball from Ortiz on Saturday. Please note, Joseph Parker hasn't also been beaten once in his last 24 outings, and his last 3 wins have come by decision.
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