‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder KOs Ortiz to retain WBC heavyweight title

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Unbeaten Deontay Wilder on course to achieve his goal of unifying and owning all four heavyweight belts

Deontay Wilder goes seven rounds with Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the US, November 23 2019. Picture: MB MEDIA/GETTY IMAGES

“When I see the right shot, it is baby good night,” Wilder said. Unbeaten in 43 fights, Wilder showed why he is widely regarded as the most destructive puncher in the resurgent heavyweight division. “That was a punch intended to hurt for sure,” said the American. “I got him at the right angle, my feet were planted perfectly and I felt the torque.”

The fights with Fury, and Ruiz or Joshua, would generate millions for Wilder. The past two years in heavyweight boxing have provided plenty of rousing matchups and renewed enthusiasm in contrast to the previous 15 years or so which were dominated by the Klitschko brothers. The 40-year-old Ortiz, who was coming off three straight victories, was trying to become the first Cuban to win the world heavyweight title.Ortiz won most of the early rounds. He was the aggressor from the opening bell as he tagged Wilder with a left hook to the face in the opening round. Ortiz also suffered a cut to his right temple area in the opening round due to an accidental clash of heads.

 

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