By Tré Berry III🖋️
When you have a 💣bomb in possession, all you need is to conjure a spark to ignite the wick, and it was in a fight where he was in need of it. Losing every round, and every minute of every round, 🥉🇺🇸Deontay “Bronze-Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41KO👊) cautiously calculated the movements of 🦍🇨🇺Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-2-0, 26KO👊) and eventually found an opening to land a telephone pole of a right hand to slump Ortiz helplessly by the ropes.
To Ortiz credit, he fought a far more disciplined fight defensively this time around. The fight very much like the first one took on a very slow pace, and was approached by both as a thinking man’s contest. Ortiz by the 3rd and 4th round started to land his vaunted left hand, and was successful in mixing in periodic effective left hands to the body. Wilder (up until the end of the contest) had serious trouble finding the target with anything of significance (and in hitting the target period), with Ortiz staying more responsible fundamentally than had been the case the first time around in March of 2018. In the 5th and 6th round, the overall tone of the fight started turning ugly for the Champion, but he refused to allow himself to let frustration in, and he stuck to his guns and calmly listened to instructions administered by 🗣️Head-Trainer Mark Breland in his corner.
Ortiz sensing Wilder was buzzed by a couple of solid shots in the 6th and 7th round began to open up his arsenal and get more aggressive with his overall attack to try to expound upon the vulnerabilities that started to present itself, but that wasn’t what did him in at the end of the day. In the 7th round, when his back was by the ropes, he anticipated that Wilder would fire the right hand, but he thought that the right hand would come a bit more towards the left side, so he planted his glove over by the temple and missed the oncoming shot, that came in straight like a missile, and 💥BAM…just like that, Ortiz dropped down immediately to the mat.
A disoriented Ortiz’s eyes were completely in orbit as he was reduced to pancake batter by the right hand, and he fiddled with his mouthpiece as he tried desperately to beat the count of 10 administered by Referee Kenny Bayless, but he body wasn’t listening to what the mind was frantically telling it, and he was ⏲️counted out once again to lose for a second time to the only man he has been defeated by in his 9 year professional career.
With this victory, Wilder has entered the double-digit Heavyweight crew with 10 successful defenses of his WBC World Title. Wilder may be very, very raw with his technique, but there are a few things that you have to go full-on in giving him extensive credit for. His power which is obviously freakish, his impeccable ⌚timing and anticipation to be able to land the shot, because power without timing doesn’t equate to anything. Another factor that he has to be given credit for is his inner drive that is instrumental in keeping himself in check, even in fights where he finds himself down badly on the scorecards, and he showcased it once again to get another devastating knockout while in a vulnerable state – one that will be a prime candidate for 🚨Knockout of the Year in 2019 once you factor everything in.
The worst kept secret in boxing is the reportedly contracted bout with former World Champion 🇬🇧Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20KO👊) for February of 2020 (or for a surrounding date), so Wilder after now closing the chapter of the Ortiz rivalry can shift his attention as the 2 premiere established Heavyweights can re-match their fight that took place in December of last year. That will certainly be one to look forward to.