Wilder: I Don't Want to Hear Luis Ortiz Is Old After I Beat Him

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Deontay Wilder wants even his harshest critics to be fair.

Now that what is expected to be the most difficult fight of his career is official, the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion doesn’t want to hear any excuses. The last thing Wilder wants to hear is that Luis Ortiz is old, not nearly the threat he once was, as they head toward a November 4 fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“A lot of people didn’t think it was gonna happen for some apparent reason,” Wilder said Wednesday following a press conference in Manhattan to officially announce their fight. “But it’s happening. I wanted people to know. I wanted people to take me serious. I’ve found that a lot of people are fans of mine and they support me.

deontay-wilder (7)_5

“They just wanna see certain fights and stuff like that, which I understand that. But, you know, once I do what I say I’m gonna do, man, what’s next? I don’t want people to jump ship. ‘Well, he was old,’ or this and that. Nah, because you’ve got some people before this fight was made, [they said] Ortiz was the biggest, baddest man in the world. But now this fight is made, they already making excuses. And I just don’t want that.”

The Cuban-born Ortiz is listed at 38 years old, though speculation persists that the longtime amateur standout is actually older than that. However old Ortiz is, the powerful southpaw figures to be the best opponent Wilder has faced since he turned pro nearly nine years ago. 

Wilder, who’ll turn 32 on October 22, has knocked out all but one of his professional opponents, yet has drawn criticism for facing a low level of opposition since he beat Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision to win the WBC title in January 2015. After out-pointing Haiti’s Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), the hard-hitting Wilder has knocked out or stopped Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola and Gerald Washington in his five title defenses.

Jay Deas, Wilder’s co-trainer and co-manager, expects a victory over Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) in a main event Showtime will televise to earn Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) the credit they seek for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native.

“I actually think he’ll get a lot of credit,” Deas told “You’re always gonna have haters and you’re always gonna have people that are gonna find something. ‘Oh, well this guy did this and this guy was that.’ You could do that with anybody. I could go through Mayweather, I could go through Muhammad Ali. Anybody you name, I could go through and pick apart opponents if I wanted to. But the truth is the truth. And the truth is this is a tremendous fight. A lot of people see it as a 50-50 fight, or maybe even Deontay as a slight favorite or a slight underdog. So when you look at that, I think he’ll get the credit he’s due by reasonable people.

“I think you’ll always have some nut jobs out there. Deontay, before he fought Stiverne, all I ever heard was, ‘What’s gonna happen when he has to go rounds? What’s gonna happen when he goes to rounds six or seven or eight? He’s never done it.’ But just because he hasn’t done it doesn’t mean he couldn’t do it. So all that criticism went away after that fight and never came back. I expect that criticism of level of opposition will go away after this fight.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 09-22-2017

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;18075619]Canelo a coward....Kov and Adonis...don't really care - Ward whipped Kov in 2nd fight... Adonis is Irrelevant.. hasn't had a significant fight in years...somehow was supposed to fight Kov, Bhop, and Pascal and all fell through - wat a coincidence​![/QUOTE]…

Comment by kushking on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;18075636]look at Ortiz last 2 fights...says it all - old, sloppy, and slow! Prime was years ago when ko'd Jennings.[/QUOTE] So who does your punk ass want wilder to fight then that will make u stop bîtchin? ortiz is literally…

Comment by IRONCHINHAGLER on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18075620]ESPN is one man's opinion. The Ring is owned by Golden Boy Promotions. BoxRec is a computer. TBRB is the only legitimate ratings source that exists today. [URL=""][/URL][/QUOTE]my mistake on the last post...U r CORRECT...ESPN rankings r just Rafael's opinion…

Comment by RussB23 on 09-21-2017

Ortiz is going to pick him apart and have have him on the backfoot all night long.

Comment by IRONCHINHAGLER on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18075620]ESPN is one man's opinion. The Ring is owned by Golden Boy Promotions. BoxRec is a computer. TBRB is the only legitimate ratings source that exists today. [URL=""][/URL][/QUOTE]wrong - ESPN is a panel of multiple writers/analysts...u can see it who…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (83)
Top Headlines Ronald Gavril: I'm a Smarter, Stronger Fighter Than Benavidez Sauerland: I Want To See Best Fighting The Best Every Year! Tony Bellew Sides With Groves, Dave Coldwell Picks Eubank Groves vs. Eubank - LIVE Results From Manchester Lolenga Mock vs. John Ryder in Play For April Otto Wallin vs. Adrian Granat Set for April 21 in Sweden Arum: Loma-Linares Fallout Proves Deceitful Nature of HBO! Groves vs. Eubank - CompuBox Historical Review George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. - Stats & Stakes Photos: Ray Beltran Wins Bloody Fight With Moses For WBO Belt Eubank: I'm Willing To Die in The Ring To Win - Groves is Not! Golden Boy Prez: Arum Must Be Flexible To Make Loma-Linares Daily Bread Mailbag: Thurman-Crawford, Spence, Charlo, Golovkin Photos: Shakur Stevenson, Bryant Jennings, Kavaliauskas Win Frank Warren Tabs Groves To Beat Eubank, Explains Why Video: WBC Prez on Wilder-Ortiz, Usyk-Gassiev, 175 Title, More Video: Ronnie Shields on Lara-Hurd, Charlo vs. Canelo, GGG The Danger of The Crawford-Horn & Pacquiao-Alvarado PPV Video: Malignaggi Talks Mayweather, Broner-Figueroa, More Video: Al Bernstein Breaks Down Joshua-Parker, Showtime Triple Arum: Golovkin Beat Canelo 8-4 in Rounds, It Wasn't Even Close! Kavaliauskas: I Want The Crawford vs. Horn Winner! Photos: Heather Hardy Defeats Ana Julaton on Bellator Card Luis Ortiz: I Would Never Jeopardize My Career By Using PEDs Ray Beltran Bloody and Bruised, Decisions Moses For WBO Title Kavaliauskas Stops David Avanesyan in The Sixth Round Shakur Stevenson Picks Apart Tapia, Easily Wins Decision Photos: Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander - Ready For Do or Die Bout Photos: Benavidez vs. Gavril, Ugas vs. Robinson - Ready For Battle Photos: Danny Garcia, Brandon Rios - Get Tense, Ready For War Photos: Joe Joyce Stops Rodolf Jozic in One, Back on May 5 LIVE Top Rank Results From Reno: Robson Conceicao Wins Big Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada Grinds For Sor Rungivsai Shot Joe Joyce Demolishes Rudolf Jozic in One Round Roman Gonzalez Has Interest in Donnie Nietes For Vacant Belt Matthysse: I Hope The Pacquiao Fight Happens For Me Parker Brings in Tony Yoka as Sparring Partner For Anthony Joshua Eubank: Groves Doesn't Realize Danger He's In, He Will Retire News: Marsili vs. Betancourt, Lone Star Boxing, Groves-Eubank Luis Ortiz: Wilder Talks Too Much, Let Him Try To Back it Up!

Latest Active Forum Threads