Wilder vs Ortiz II: Stakes are High

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) will rematch Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on November 23th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas presented live via Premier Boxing Champions on FOX PPV .

In their first outing Ortiz and Wilder put on one of the best fights in 2018 when they clashed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Many people feel that although Wilder defeated Ortiz via a 10th round knockout by way of a right uppercut on the inside, Ortiz still exposed holes in Wilder’s game. The slick Cuban southpaw nearly knocked Wilder out in the seventh round as wilder appeared to be out on his feet with Ortiz dealing an onslaught of punches. With Wilder and Fury aiming to have their rematch in the beginning of 2020 many people wonder why Wilder would take a high risk fight like Ortiz.

Ortiz is a slick southpaw Cuban fighter. He is a very technical fighter with good footwork, decent handspeed and good combination punching. Ortiz was undefeated before challenging Wilder for his WBC title back in 2018 and is now given a second chance at snatching his title. Ortiz is going to come into this fight wiser, having already fought Wilder. He will come in even hungrier than their first outing and looks to make the necessary adjustments such as endurance since he gassed after going for broke when he tried to knockout Wilder in the seventh round of their first fight. Ortiz has nothing to lose and all to gain. Many fighters are not afforded a second chance. Ortiz will do everything in his power and some to try and take full advantage of this second chance. Since his loss against wilder Ortiz has won three fights in a row with 2 of the 3 coming by way of KO.

The deal between Wilder and Fury for their rematch included that they each have two interim bouts. Fury defeated Tom Schwarz in June and Otto Wallin in September, which both fights were thought to have been picked as relatively safe choices for Fury as to look ahead to Wilder. The Bronze Bomber made short work of Dominic Breazeale in May and instead of picking a safer option is choosing to fight Ortiz, who may have been only seconds away from knocking out Wilder.

Wilder has chosen to face Ortiz once again to prove his win was no fluke. Wilder also want to clear any doubt of his status in the heavyweight division. With Fury being the only person Wilder has faced that he didn’t knockout ( which he almost did in the championship rounds) Wilder’s power is no myth. What he may lack in technical skill he gains he sheer power and raw warrior spirit. This is a high risk low reward fight against Ortiz but Wilder looks to prove he is the best of the best.

Ortiz will be looking to take advantage of the second chance Wilder has afforded him, while Wilder looks to prove to the critics and the world he is the best of the best, but one thing is for sure these fighters will be 100 percent prepared, ready for war and will be willing to leave everything in the ring come fight night!

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