Arguably the biggest fight of the year in the world of boxing was concluded a few hours ago, early Sunday morning (GMT). When American world heavyweight, Deontay Wilder a.k.a the Bronze Bomber weighed out against his Cuban Challenger, Luis Ortiz a.k.a King Kong, many assumed that another major upset was on the cards, given Ortiz’s slimmer frame and the apparent speed of his hands and leg movement. Many pointed out that Ortiz had come back better and faster and could well shock the boxing world this time around to inflict the first defeat of Wilder’s pro-career, pretty much the same way Andy Ruiz produced a huge shock by defeating Anthony Joshua in June. However, there was to be no similar upset this time around, as the Bronze Bomber’s dynamite punching power came through in the seventh round.
Credit to Ortiz, he put in a magnificent performance. He technically outboxed Wilder from the first to the sixth round, skillfully dodging ‘series of bombs’ from the fearsome American. However, when you are up against Wilder, the question is, “how long can you dodge?” Tyson Fury attempted this tactic in his last bout with Wilder and he was largely successful for long periods in the fight: however, before the end, he got caught a few times and was knocked down twice. Wilder had said it before, that he only needed one good punch to seal the match. And it came in the seventh round. Ortiz was having a fairly good time, jabbing at Wilder’s body and dodging his counter attacks: however, in a split second, after sending a combination to his trunk, space momentarily opened up for a counter. This time, Wilder capitalized and sent a devastating right hand punch to the face to leave the 40 year old Cuban crashing on the canvas. So deadly was the impact, that Ortiz failed to recover before the completion of the count to ten.
The match official waved the match over, and Wilder was eventually declared winner by TKO, bringing his career stats to 42-0-1, 41 KOs. His sole draw was against Tyson Fury a.k.a. Gypsy King.
With this feat, Wilder, current WBC belt holder and heavyweight champion, joins the exclusive list of fighters in the world of boxing who successfully defended their titles for at least ten consecutive times. He also cements his place in the history books as one of the best pugilists to have ever graced the sport.
Speaking after the match, he gave credit to Ortiz for putting up a good fight, but also reemphasized his desire for a unification bout with the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz, coming up in December. In his words, “the heavyweight division is too small to have too many champions. It’s time we unify the division. Let’s have one man, one name, one champion.”
Wilder went home with a fight pay of approximately $22 million, while Ortiz pocketed a career high $8 million for his efforts.