Heavyweight Championship Rematch Wilder vs Ortiz at MGM Grand Arena on Saturday Nov 23rd
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
To understand the animosity that these fighters have for one another, you’d have to go back a couple of years. When the mild-mannered Luis Ortiz called out Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, shortly after he connected with a powerful straight left hand and just before his opponent 6’ 7” Daniel Martz was counted out in their December 2017 fight in Hialeah, Florida. Once Ortiz started barking at Wilder, who sat ringside to call this fight on PBC, Wilder got into the ring and the two of them began the pre-fight hype for their first for Wilder-Ortiz 1.
A Luis Ortiz failed drug test prevented this fight from happening months previously. The two boxers finally got in the ring at the Barclay’s Center in March of 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. It’s common knowledge amongst boxing aficionados that Ortiz would be the hardest puncher that Wilder has ever faced. Which would make this the most highly anticipate Heavyweight fight in recent years.
Coming into the ring with that Cuban pedigree, South Paw Luis Ortiz controlled many of the early rounds, according to most people who’ve seen the fight. After feeling each other for a few rounds, Wilder caught Luis with a stiff right hand, then he caught him with another one, before knocking Ortiz down with a staggering right hand just before the bell to end the 5th Round.
Similar to life one doesn’t know their full amount of resolve until their back is against the wall, Round 6 was that moment for Ortiz. As boxing fans were anxious to see how he responded to that knockdown. Ortiz showed he has plenty heart, as each of these fighters came out swinging for the fences in the 6th round. It was the 7th Round of this fight that made it so memorable for both fighters.
Ortiz was able to land multiple power punches in the 7th round and back up Wilder. This was likely the most hurt Deontay Wilder has ever been in a fight. Wilder admits to being “buzzed” but claims he “was far from hurt.” After the 7th round, it was Wilders’s turn to dig deep and draw from his championship reserve to stay alive their initial fight.
After both fighters spent the 8th and 9th rounds regaining their energy and composer. Wilder, in championship fashion. responded with his 39th knockdown in his 40th late in the 10th round after being in trouble and being boxed in this fight. This easily became the signature fight of his career to that point.
There’re very few times in life, we get a second chance or a chance to right a wrong. This fight at the MGM Grand on November 23 will be that opportunity for Luis Ortiz to rewrite boxing history. As you may have imagined boxing’s longest-reigning Heavyweight Champion “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder isn’t in a hurry to relinquish his belt to Ortiz or anyone in the division.
When asked about how Larry Wade, his new Strength and Conditioning Coach, has helped him heading into this super fight, Ortiz responded by saying, “Coach Larry Wade has brought professionalism to the camp that fits right in with what we already do as far as schedules and professionalism. I got a new look at some of the stuff that’s being done with fighters. So, it was a nice change and obviously, sometimes it can be the same thing but just approached differently and the body will react better and that’s what it was. I’m very happy with coach Wade.”
Ortiz was also asked, what has been the most unique training method that’s been implemented in this particular training camp? He told us, “There have been a few things. If I had to pick one thing, it’s been the pool work.”
Also knowing that he is a family man I wanted to know, how will being away from his family impact the training and preparation for this fight? He emphatically responded by saying, “It will help 1000% in the discipline and sacrifice for the fight. I miss my family so it’s more fuel daily to be heavyweight champion.”
Dubbed the Bronze Bomber when he won a Bronze medal for the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games, he is an active champion as this will be the third title defense in his last 11 months in addition to having a knockout percentage of 95%, which capture the minds of boxing fans across the globe. With a record of 41 wins and no losses, one draw, 40 wins coming by way of knockout. He will be making the 10th defense of his championship since earning the belt in 2015. On November 23 he seeks to join Joe Louis. Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Tommy Burns, the Klitschko Brothers as those with 10 or more consecutive successful title defenses.
Also, that evening fight fans will see Three-division champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will take on Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship and his 4th division title in the co-main event. Tickets for the event are being promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, and Mayweather Promotions. They are on sale now and you can get them at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com.
Pay-per-view action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and also features undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa making the first defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight Title against former champion Julio Ceja while undefeated Mexican power-puncher Luis Nery battles Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodríguez in a matchup of former bantamweight champions.
More information about this fight can be found on www.premierboxingchampions.com http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepage and www.foxdeportes.com or on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @PBConFOX, @FOXSports, @FOXDeportes, @TGBPromotions, @MayweatherPromo and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/foxsports & www.facebook.com/foxdeportes.
I can’t wait to see this fight card, I think Leo Santa Cruz will gain his 4th Division Championship in convincing fashion. I also have Deontay Wilder defending his title for the 11th time. Let us know your thoughts on Santa Cruz vs Flores and Wilder vs Ortiz by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!