WBC world champion, Deontay Wilder remains undefeated as he took out his opponent, Luis Ortiz in the 7th round of their heavyweight title fight rematch.
Luis Ortiz was knocked out with a hammer shot right hand on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, making Wilder Unbeaten in 43 fights, Wilder showed why he is widely regarded as the most destructive puncher in the resurgent heavyweight division.
The victory was the second in less than two years for Wilder over Cuban opponent Ortiz , the 40-year-old Cuban left-hander. Wilder beat Ortiz by 10th round TKO at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 3, 2018.
The title defense was the 10th for Wilder, tying Muhammad Ali for most in the history of the heavyweight division. The 34-year-old Wilder, a bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics, first won the belt in 2015.
Ortiz led on all three judges’ cards at the time of the knockout, 58-56, 59-55 and 59-55. Wilder landed just 19 percent of his 184 overall punches, 32 percent of “power punches” — including the right-hand that ended the fight.
With Ortiz, you can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight him,” Wilder, who is slated to fight Tyson Fury in February following their dramatic draw in December, said afterwards. “He’s very crafty, he moves well and his intellect is very high.
“I had to play around with him. I had to calculate certain moves and certain places. I was in and out, sometimes I backed up. I went back, I went forward.
“My intellect is very high even though I don’t get credit for it. I took my measurement, I saw my shot and I took it.”
Ortiz fell to his backside and then to his back, before trying to stagger to his feet. He nearly beat the count, but was unable to rise before the count of 10.
“This is boxing; I had told everybody that it was going to be him or me and it wasn’t going to go 12 rounds,” Ortiz said through a translator. “I was clear-headed. When (the referee) said ‘7,’ I was still trying to go up and everything, but the count was maybe a little quicker than I thought.”