New contest, same result.
Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) entered the history books with a seventh-round knockout win over Luis Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs). The contest took place at the MGM Grand Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The lights are always bright on the strip in Las Vegas, but Wilder lit up the entire arena with his one-punch knockout over Ortiz.
The aforementioned Cuban Heavyweight was looking to avenge his only career loss to Wilder, which took place in 2018.
It was a slow start for Wilder to say the least. He was outboxed from the very beginning. Ortiz didn’t want to turn this contest into a firefight.
Instead, he knew his advantages came from the outside as Wilder has never been known as a boxer.
Everything played out the way Ortiz wanted it to. He boxed and landed his left hand, time-and-time again. Wilder on the other hand, was looking for one shot all night. It was an obvious tactic by Wilder.
The WBC belt holder held his right hand high and barely threw a jab. Ortiz just circled around him several times over and put on a boxing clinic.
Much of the Las Vegas crowd began to grow a bit restless as Wilder just didn’t do anything. Ortiz would land one good left hand after another and then swarm Wilder with more shots.
Wilder has a tendency of starting fights slow, but this was on another level. To be quite honest, Wilder looked bad. Really bad. It was as though he didn’t know how to throw a jab or even how to fight.
Halfway through the fight, the fans of Wilder must have been nervous. His WBC title seemed to be slipping through his fingers. But then, like always, Wilder landed one single right hand and down went Ortiz. It was quick and painful.
After trailing on every single scorecard from not only the judges, but also from any and everyone who had eyes, Wilder proved once again that he doesn’t need to win a decision.
With the win, Wilder now joins Muhammad Ali as the fourth longest title reign in boxing history with 10.
Final Grade For Deontay Wilder: D
Listen, don’t let that knockout fool you. Wilder looked so bad tonight. After so many years as a professional fighter, Wilder’s boxing ability seems to be getting worse.
Luckily for him, he has the ultimate eraser. But still, you have to wonder, will he be able to do that to a guy like Tyson Fury again? And even if he does, will that be enough?
If you can just manage to stay upright against Wilder you can outbox him to a victory. But then again, that is so much easier said than done.