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Bomb Squad! Deontay Wilder stops Luis Ortiz again

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) defended his title again with a convincing seventh round TKO victory over Luis Ortiz (31-2-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday evening.

In case you missed the undercard, check out the highlights in the following video.

Like their March 2018 contest, both fighters were careful in the beginning, but Ortiz built up a comfortable lead on the scorecards. Then, Wilder turned it up in the seventh round, landing his patented right hand which Ortiz never saw as it came after a jab. Referee Kenny Bayliss counted out the Cuban challenger at 2:51.

It was revealed that Ortiz was ahead on the judges scorecards when the fight was stopped.

The win marks Wilder’s 10th successful title defence and keeps the door open to his scheduled Feb. 22 rematch with lineal holder Tyson Fury. The two drew memorably in their first fight, in December 2018.

Wilder threw 184 punches in total, landing 34 in total for a 19 per cent connect rate, while Ortiz landed 35 of 79 shots for a 20 per cent rate.

“The Bronze Bomber” confirmed in the post-fight press conference that he wanted to wear Ortiz down early and pick his shots like in the first fight and then look to strike hard late.

But until the Fury rematch at least, the $64,000 question remains.

Who can stop Deontay Wilder?


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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