Jay Deas, head trainer and co-manager of World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs), is fully aware of the danger involved in their upcoming assignment.
On Friday, it was officially announced that Wilder would defend his title against undefeated Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
They were scheduled to fight in November, at the same venue, but the contest was postponed when Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test. Ortiz was replaced by Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder demolished in a single round of action.
The WBC investigated the matter and they determined that Ortiz's test failure was connected to his prescribed medication for high blood pressure.
Deas doubts that Ortiz would even attempt to do something that would jeopardize this contest a second time.
“I think the second time will be the charm,” Deas told the Tuscaloosa News.
“He tested positive the first time for performance-enhancing drugs. I would have to think that Ortiz would be maybe the dumbest person alive to, knowing the spotlight is on him the way it is, do anything illegal.”
One thing Deas does expect, is high drama and fireworks in the contest.
In some of his recent fights, Wilder has been pretty wild with his winging shots - but that's not likely to happen with Ortiz.
Deas wants him focused and mentally ready for what most experts view as the most dangerous opponent of Wilder's entire career.
“There’s no doubt. He’s undefeated as a pro, almost all by knockout,” Deas said. “I’m not sure between the two what the total is, but it’s got to be something like 65, 66. So if you combine the two of them, it’s a great fight.
“Ortiz is probably the best combination of precision and power combined. He really can pinpoint his shots well. You can’t lose focus for a second with a guy like Ortiz.”