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Wilder's Coach: We Can't Lose Focus For a Second With Luis Ortiz

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.

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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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by goldenbear on 01-15-2018

Wilder and Ortiz are knocking out big strong grown men. I think all these trash talkers on these sites forget that isn't easy or have never done it. So enjoy the fight as long as it last and may the…

Comment by landotter on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=JFREMZ;18405610]Lol excuses already you prob gave Joshua credit for beating a 40 year old inactive Klitschko and Ortiz is 38 only 3 years older than GGG whos probably your favourite fighter. The hate for Wilder is real[/QUOTE] Wilder will get…

Comment by vitali1999 on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=Pennsauken1;18406144]Hey idiot, Wilder has the sexy, more recognizable WBC you nit wit, and your girlfriend ducked and didn’t accept the challenge, get out of here and hide punk[/QUOTE] You stupid bastard. Wilder is garbage

Comment by nacho daddy on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=Kezzer;18405770]Who has wilder ducked? Is it really that difficult? Klitschko "I'm not ready" Joshua "give me 50/50" Whyte "give me 9 mil" That's just the start ... More importantly it's who has he faced , who did he take on…

Comment by nacho daddy on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18405579]Just like GGG-Canelo two, this is a fight with good names, but not a good fight, because one of those names has been strategically waited out until he got old in each of those matchups. Boxing fans who support…

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