Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder takes on Luiz “King Kong” Ortiz in a rematch of their heavyweight classic in March 2018. Right off the bat, Wilder is the massive favourite at the bookies (-642, 1.14, 1/7), surprisingly one-sided odds considering Wilder was saved by the bell in their previous fight.
Wilder has a significant height (6’7 v 6’4) and reach (83inch v 78inch) advantage over Ortiz and is younger and possibly hungrier – a massive payday rematch with Tyson Fury looms if he gets through this one. Both boast impressive records – Wilder 41-0-1 with 40 knockouts, Ortiz 31-1-0 with 26 knockouts and the loss to Wilder the only blemish on his record.
Ortiz looks leaner for this fight vs last year when arguably his lack of fitness in the later rounds cost him victory. Wilder has only fought twice since then – the draw with Fury and an easy first round knockout of Dominic Breazeale. Ortiz has been impressive in his three fights post Wilder – beating Razvan Cojanu, Travis Kauffman, and Christian Hammer. Being leaner will only help Ortiz if he manages to survive into the later rounds though.
Consensus is that Wilder has too much on the line to risk the fight going deep. Taking on this fight and potentially jeopardising the aforementioned lucrative bout with Fury, had some boxing strategists shaking their heads. Ortiz really has nothing to lose as he comes to the end of his career. For that reason he may be prepared to throw some early bombs to shake Wilder out of any rhythm and catch him before he gets into range. He also needs to keep the double jab and body shoots working full time.
Wilder has a devastating right hand – by far his biggest weapon, and arguably the biggest weapon in the division. If the southpaw Ortiz throws early and misses, Wilder could let his explosive right rip a hole in Ortiz defence.
Breaking it down from a betting perspective, it7s hard to see this fight going the distance. The power that these two possess collectively means we can rule that out as an option. MyTwoCents sees this one ending early – within 6 rounds – Ortiz gets some early success but then opens himself up chasing glory and gets caught by a monster Wilder right for lights out.
Wilder in less than 6!