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Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz: The Rematch, Free Bets & Betting Offers

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Like a tentative boxing match that sees the fighters move around each other without ever engaging, the question of when the trio of Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will finally stop flirting and engage in a proper set of fights to decide upon the true heavyweight champion of the sport rumbles on.

Part of that has been dictated by Joshua’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr., meaning that AJ has little choice but to try to restore his reputation by heading back into the ring with the Destroyer as soon as possible. That leaves Wilder and Fury free, but they plan to have interim fights before taking each other on again to see if a winner can be found after the controversial draw left both parties unhappy in December of 2018.

One of those interim fights comes in the form of Deontay Wilder’s rematch with Luis Ortiz. The two first went into the ring together at the start of March 2018, Ortiz finally getting a big fight that he’d struggled to achieve after many saw him as a ‘high risk, low reward’ fighter because of his skills in the ring. The fight had to be stopped in the 10th when Wilder put Ortiz down 3 times. That judges had the fight scored 85-84 to Wilder and both Showtime and CBS Sport had it 86-83 to Ortiz meant that there was always going to be calls for a rematch and so it proved.

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Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz Fight Odds

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Odds Updated 07/10/2019

Profiles

heavyweight boxer announced the winner by refereeThe first thing to do is to have a look at the profiles of both fighters to give ourselves as much information as possible about them in order to figure out which one stands the best chance of winning if history is anything to go by.

Deontay Wilder

detonay wilderDeontay Leshun Wilder was born on the 22nd of October 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He started boxing 20 years later, almost to the day, when he attended the Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport Alabama and began working with the trainer Jay Deas. Within two years he’d started making a name for himself, winning both the US Championships and the National Golden Gloves at a weight of 201 pounds.

He entered Olympic trials and beat fighters that he’d already beaten during the Golden Gloves series, winning the trials in just 21 bouts and proving he was a fighter with real potential. He defeated both the Algerian Abdelaziz Toulbini and the Moroccan Mohamed Arjaoui before losing to the Italian Clemente Russo to earn himself a Bronze medal in the Heavyweight discipline. It was, of course, the Olympics that saw Anthony Joshua make his name 4 years later when he won Gold as a super heavyweight.

Wilder turned professional in 2008 as a 23-year-old, knocking out Ethan Cox in the second round of his first ever professional bout at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium in Tennessee. He fought 7 times in 2009 and won all his bouts in the first round. He achieved a 25-fight unbeaten streak up to October of 2012, winning his first title in December that year when he knocked out 37-year-old Kelvin Prince who had hitherto been unbeaten.

In the years that followed Wilder began to enhance his reputation as he made his way through the boxing ranks, making his UK debut when he defeated previous Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison after just over a minute on the undercard for the Amir Khan versus Julio Díaz fight in Sheffield. Harrison retired four days later. The following month Frank Warren confirmed that Wilder would headline the card at Wembley Arena against Dereck Chisora, but the fight fell through when Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic abuse.

His first shot at the WBC heavyweight title came in March 2014 when he beat Malik Scott and made himself the mandatory challenger to Bermane Stiverne. The pair fought in January of 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas where Wilder won by unanimous decision. He would go on to defeat Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and Artur Szpilka, with Tyson Fury calling Wilder out at the end of the latter fight.

Fury got his wish in 2018, when the pair went head-to-head at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It ended up being declared a draw after 12 rounds, with the Mexican judge calling it 115-111 to Wilder, the Canadian one giving it to Fury by 114-112 and the British judge saying it was a 113-113 draw. The crowd booed the decision, feeling that Fury had taken the WBC title. In May of the following year he confirmed his position as the WBC champion by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round.

Luis Ortiz

luis ortizThe Real King Kong was born on the 29th of March 1979 in Camaguëy, Cuba. He boxed for the Cuban national team as an amateur, winning the the like of the Gold medal in 2006 and the White Ribbon in 2008, but he struggled to truly make a name for himself at the highest level. He didn’t turn professional until he was 30, beating American Lamar Davis in the first round. He went on to fight a number of times during his early career, earning himself a decent reputation but becoming known as something of a journeyman.

Ortiz was given his first shot at the world title in 2014 when he took on Lateef Kayode for the vacated WBA Interim heavyweight title. He won the fight in the first round, but he tested positive for a banned substance after the fight and was suspended. After returning from his suspension he took on Argentine Matias Ariel Vidondo in another interim fight, winning in the third round and finally gaining his title. He took on Bryant Jennings in towards the end of 2015 and winning the bout in the the seventh to retain his title. He also defeated Tony Thompson in 2016 before a series of cancelled defences of his title.

He signed a deal with Matchroom in October of 2016 but in September of the following year he failed a drugs test, being given a one year suspension as a result. His first big fight upon returning was against Deontay Wilder, who he took on in March of 2018. Wilder knocked Ortiz out in the tenth, but Ortiz had fought well enough to give Wilder some scares. He called Ortiz ‘crafty’ after the fight, and the fact that it peaked at 1.2 million viewers on Showtime meant a rematch was always a possibility. Since then he’s fought several times and the defeat to Wilder remains the only loss of his 34-bout career.

What They Are Fighting For

Date & Time (UK) Where Weight Title TV
23/11/2019 ~4am Las Vegas Heavyweight WBC Sky Box Office

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The most obvious thing that Luis Ortiz is fighting for is his pride. Having suffered just one defeat in his career to Wilder, he’ll be wanting to make up for that as best he can. For Wilder, he’ll want to ensure that he doesn’t lose his position as one of the most fancied heavyweight fighters of the moment, given that he’ll be hoping to take on either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury as soon as possible.

The Bronze Bomber is currently the WBC heavyweight champion and is ranked as the second-best heavyweight currently fighting by BoxRec, so it’s that title and the ability to climb the ranks that the pair are fighting over in real terms. Ortiz was the WBA interim heavyweight for a time and will want to reclaim a title if he can. That he missed out on the chance to win the WBC heavyweight title to Wilder adds a certain amount of spice to proceedings.

What Do The Experts Think

heavyweight boxer looks like anthony joshuaWhen the pair went up against each other in 2018 Wilder put Ortiz down in the fifth, only to see the Cuban not only get back up but also giving him a rough time of it in the seventh. Eventually he got the win in the tenth, but no one will be assuming that the Bronze Bomber will have it all his own way this time around. That being said, there was an emphatic nature to the fight’s ending that means that the experts are definitely leaning towards a Wilder defence of his title.

The experts do think that Wilder is being canny by announcing his rematch with Ortiz before any talk of another fight with Fury or a super bout with Anthony Joshua can even begin to be speculated over. The feeling is that he’s both maximising his value and avoiding a potential loss to AJ or the Gypsy King by taking on a fighter he’s already beaten once before.

Of course, AJ’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. means that the boxing world has become less confident about predicting anything with any degree of certainty. There is the age gap to think about, though, and Brian Mazique pointed out to Forbes that when there’s as much as the 7 year age difference between the two fighters as there is in this instance it’s normally the younger fighter that wins the rematch. That hasn’t stopped some in the fighting world saying that Wilder has ‘bottled it’ by refusing to take on either AJ or Fury at this stage.

Key Statistics

Wilder:

Height: 6 foot 7 inches

Reach: 83 inches

Record: 42 Fights – 41 Wins (40 by KO) – 0 Loss – 1 Draw

Ortiz:

Height: 6 foot 3 inches

Reach: 78 inches (Southpaw)

Record: 34 Fights – 31 Wins (26 by KO) – 1 Loss – 2 No Contest

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