That’s right, it’s round two for Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz, as the two will bout again at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 28th. If you’re a boxing fan you’ll definitely remember their previous meeting last year; when Wilder dropped Ortiz in the fifth round before nearly being stopped himself in the seventh.
It was a controversial result as in the 10th round, Wilder managed to push Ortiz to a point where match official David Fields called the fight a TKO – at the time all three judges scorecards read 85-84 in favor of Wilder. It was a controversial result that has led to a lot of heated discussions in the boxing world. Their rematch is set to be one of the sporting highlights of the year, be sure to check out the Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz betting odds to see who the bookies are backing next month.
The previous result of these two fighting has led to many discussions, and thankfully for fans, a rematch. No title fight should be won in grey areas, there should always be a clear winner, which is one of the reasons why both boxers are keen to settle this debate once and for all. Since their meeting, both boxers have gone on to fight other boxers, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title and Ortiz back to winning ways.
For Ortiz, the defeat against Wilder would have been a devastating blow, it was his first professional defeat. To have one fight damage your perfect record, and it be such a controversial loss must have been difficult for Ortiz to take – especially when he had begun the fight on top. Since then Ortiz has gone on to face three other opponents.
The first of his opponents was Răzvan Cojanu, the Romanian didn’t manage to last too long though as Ortiz put him out of his misery early in the second minute of the second round! Ortiz seemed to have gathered himself up after his previous defeat landing a lot of right hooks in the first round to Cojanu’s head. This win must have done something for the man as we saw Ortiz’s confidence had soared back to previous heights when he called out Anthony Joshua for a chance at the titles proclaiming that he “only fights boxers he knows he can beat”.
After questioning the legitimacy of Ortiz’s previous career wins after failing a drugs test in 2017 (use of a drug that was to help his high blood pressure), Travis Kauffman was set to face Ortiz, who was silenced when he was defeated in the tenth round. Ortiz’s latest fight was against Romanian-German heavyweight contender Christian Hammer although Ortiz announced that this fight was just about him staying ‘active’ before he inevitably got his second chance at a title. As arrogant as that may have seemed, Ortiz proved his point as he bounced around the ring for 10 rounds, easily out-pointing Hammer each round but unfortunately failing to deliver a final blow.
In Wilder’s case, he has only faced two opponents. The first was Tyson Fury where the boxer received his first draw and Dominic Breazeale where he demanded respect as he KO’d the boxer in the first round. Although he hasn’t had as much success as Ortiz since he has managed to retain his title which is what it’s all about after all.
Now that Ortiz has put some fuel back in his tank and is on fire once more, is he ready to take on Wilder and win his first WBC heavyweight title? It will certainly be an interesting fight to watch, make sure you don’t miss a moment!