On Saturday, March 3rd, WBC American heavyweight champion Deontay (Bronze Bomber) Wilder faces Cuban challenger Luis (King Kong) Ortiz at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. This should be one of the most exciting fights of the year in any weight division. The six foot seven Wilder hangs his hat on his powerful right hand, arguably the deadliest in the division. He looks like a true 21st century heavyweight: tall, in shape, and sports a lean 225 pound frame. Not only has Wilder taken care of business inside the ring, his outspoken personality adds to the showmanship. Wilder possesses a perfect (39-0) record, 38 of those wins coming by knockout. Critics of Wilder say he lacks fundamentals, and has the tendency to be wild with his punches. But it is only until he hurts his opponents, when he comes in guns blazing. He has also been criticized for the level of completion he has fought up to this point. Maybe they have a case, but you cannot argue the fashion in which he won no matter who he fought. But on Saturday Wilder could validate his perfect record. This would be a career-defining win up until this point. Louis Ortiz is no joke.
Ortiz (28-0), will be the toughest challenger to date for Wilder. With his Cuban boxing background and 300 amateur fight pedigree, many in the division have avoided him. Heavy-handed in his own right, Ortiz has the capability to end the fight early just as Wilder does. Ortiz stands a few inches shorter than Wilder at 6’4’’ and outweighs him by roughly ten pounds. This is an interesting matchup being that it could be over in the first or go the distance.
The winner of this fight will likely fight top dog in the division, England’s Anthony Joshua late 2018 or 2019. Joshua first has to get through challenger Joseph Parker in late March. If both Wilder and Joshua take care of business we can expect to see a super fight close to the likes of Tyson-Holyfield.