Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz: Analysis and prediction
Things are certainly starting to pick up in the heavyweight division.
In April of this year we witnessed Anthony Joshua knock out Wladimir Klitschko in a very entertaining bout. Joshua is now scheduled to defend his WBA (super) and IBF titles against Kubrat Pulev in October while Joseph Parker defends his WBO title against Hughie Fury ( cousin of Tyson Fury) in two weeks on September 23rd.
In addition, WBC champion Deontay Wilder is going to face Luis Ortiz.
It's has been quite a while since we have had such a string of important fights this close together in the big boy division. With the announcement of Wilder vs Ortiz, let's get to both of these titans before their clash in November.
Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder
38-0, 37 KO
Wilder is quite the enigmatic and interesting fighter. He had a relatively short amateur career with only had 35 fights. However he managed to win a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. He has since turned pro and been on quite the tear.
Deontay is young, cocky, powerful, articulate and very athletic, winning just about every fight with his dynamite right cross and always showing off some dance moves after his knockouts. Moreover, he raps, he dance and can dunk.
Wilder is quite entertaining and seems to be thriving in the spotlight. However, in the ring he can be a little clumsy when going for the finish. He tends to wing his punches and swing very wildly. He does not make the most of his insane height and reach either .Outside of Bermane Stiverne his resume is devoid of many big names. However you can't argue with 37 KOs in 38 fights. Wilder has never been down nor has he ever really been tested.
Most observers feel he has been protected ie. Matched with journeyman who had no shot at winning. Luis Ortiz represents his biggest challenge to date.
Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz
27-0, 23 KO
Interim WBA Champion. Record 27-0 with 23 KOs and two no contests. In many ways, Ortiz can be considered the polar opposite to Wilder in that he is much more subdued.
Luis Ortiz was a long and decorated amateur with close to 400 amateur fights and winning many national and international competitions. With such a long amateur career, Ortiz did not turn pro until he was 30. Come fight night, he will be 38 years old while Wilder is only 31.
Despite his size, Ortiz is an extremely talented boxer and deceptively mobile. A tricky southpaw counter puncher with devastating power, he is very good defensively and forces fighters to make mistakes.
The biggest name on his resume is former title challenger Bryant Jennings who Ortiz knocked out in 7. Similar to Wilder, this will be the biggest test for Ortiz to date.
Prediction: When you put these guys side by side you tend to lean towards Ortiz. Wilder is three inches taller yet has only a 1 inch reach advantage.
Ortiz has the better technique and Wilder appeared to be exposed by Gerald Washington and Artur Szpilka. Both had lots of success early against Wilder, especially the southpaw Szpilka.
Many experts expect Ortiz to take advantage of one of those big, looping swings and knock Wilder out. However, Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola and many others had that same game plan and it did not work for them. And it will not work for Ortiz either.
In many cases, athleticism trumps technique and this will be one of those times. Eventually, Wilder will land and when he does, he puts you to sleep.
Going with a minor upset pick. I see Wilder surviving some tough moments. Maybe even getting knocked down before he turns off the lights.
Official prediction. Wilder by ko in 8.