Wilder vs Ortiz Rematch at MGM Grand Arena
By Damarus Stephens, East Coast Correspondent, whatsgoodinsports.com
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 23, 2019)- Tick, tock, tick, tock. Deonte “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder promised that another knockout was coming in his rematch with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. Some wondered why Wilder was even taking this fight when he was hurt and almost knocked out in the 7th round of the previous matchup. Well, it appears now that he was determined to leave no doubt as to who the better fighter was and is between the two, and also to send another clear message to the rest of the Heavyweight division.
In the FS2 prelims telecast, Viktor Slavinskyi (11-0-1, 6 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-2-1, 8 KOs) in Super Featherweight action. Cruiserweight Marsellos Wilder (5-2, 2KOs), Deonte’s brother, was knocked out in the 4 round by Dustin Long (3-1-2, 3 KOs). Vito Mielnicki Jr (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a 2nd round KO of Marklin Bailey (6-6, 4 KOs) in Welterweight action. Super lightweight Omar Juarez (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a 6th round KO with a straight right over Kevin Shacks (3-5-3, 3 KOs).
The main undercard fight featured a WBA Super Featherweight Championship between Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19KOs) vs Miguel Flores (24-3, 12 KOs). This fight might have been one of the slower and uninspiring fights of the night with Santa Cruz picking up a unanimous decision. The preceding fights featured a split decision win for Super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa (21-0, 15 KOs) over Julio Ceja (32-5, 28 KOs) who failed to make weight for this fight. The other PPV undercard saw Eduardo Ramirez (23-2-3, 10KOs) get a 4th round KO to win over Leduan Barthelemy (15-1-1, 7 KOs).
Wilder talked about some of the most memorable rematches in the division in a pre-fight interview with PBC. Some of the more notable mentioned was Ali/Frazier and Tyson/Holyfield. The build-up of this fight could never match either of those contests due to the public not knowing much about the Cuban born Ortiz, but inside the ring, it had the potential given the competitiveness of both fighters and also what went down in New York during the first fight. Ortiz fought a very good fight that night and was aggressive early working behind his jab. Wilder did score a knockdown late in the 5th round before he almost went down in the 7th. Wilder recovered after some extra time before the 8th and went on to score the knockout victory in the 10th round.
Enough history though and back to this 2019 heavyweight rematch. Betting odds were of course in favor of Wilder given his knockout record and also winning the previous fight by KO. As with any boxing match you look to see who would land the first big shot and how the recipient would react. This fight went a lot like the first fight with Ortiz winning the earlier rounds. The official scoring had Ortiz winning the fight through 6 rounds on all three scorecards. Ortiz was controlling the pace of the fight with Wilder only landing maybe 3 hard shots.
And that brings us to the infamous 7th round. This time it belonged to Wilder. With a cannon of a shot, he unleashed his infamous right-hand bomb after seemingly lulling Ortiz in. Ortiz dropped his left hand and left himself open just long enough to get caught by Wilder’s straight right hand. And just like that, it was over. Tick tock, tick tock! With this victory, Wilder moves to 42-0-1, with 41 KOs, while Ortiz suffers his 2nd professional loss falling to 31-2, with 26 KOs. Ortiz’s performance was one that should get him another title shot against another opponent even though he was knocked out. Of course, everyone will be looking for Wilder to face the Ruiz/Joshua winner or a rematch with Tyson Fury. As for Ortiz, he stated in the post-fight press conference that he will be taking out his frustrations on his next couple of opponents. Wilder stated in his post-fight presser that he plans to fight as soon as February against Tyson Fury. Either way, these two guys pose a definite problem for the rest of the heavyweight division.
Wilders’ knockout capped off another impressive another great night of boxing at the MGM Grand Arena. His patience was impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing if he can replicate the performance in his upcoming rematch against Tyson Fury in February. Please let us your thoughts on Wilders’ 10th consecutive title defense by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms, Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!