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Deontay Wilder: I See a Third Round Knockout of Luis Ortiz

On Saturday night, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, 39-0 with 38 knockouts, defends his World Boxing Council crown against Cuban Luis Ortiz, 28-0 with 24 knockouts, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Wilder defends his crown for the seventh time since taking it in a 2015 decision over Berman Stiverne.

It was Stiverne who stepped in last November to fight Wilder after Ortiz failed a drug test, and the Canadian was knocked out for his trouble.

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Beyond Ortiz, Joshua wants to get his hands on IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua of the UK. Joshua returns to the ring on March 31, when he defends his title in a unification with WBO champion Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

"I'm ready for whoever," Wilder said. "Anthony Joshua will barely even mention my name. Well, I'm here and I'm ready for him. I'm the best in the world. I've been saying it for years. Here is a big test. I'm going to pass this test with flying colors.

"I see a third round knockout. I will knock him out and then I will unify the division. I'm on a mission. There will be one champion, one face and one name. Deontay Wilder."

Ortiz, nicknamed "King Kong," tested possible for banned diuretics that can be used as masking agents but was given another chance by Wilder because he said he wants to fight the best rivals available.

"He's considered the bogey man of the division," Wilder said. "A lot of men have dodged Luis Ortiz, even champions have avoided him and a lot of people considered him one of the best. I consider him one of the best too.

"He says he's the 'Real King Kong' but 'King Kong' knows what happens when he comes to New York."

Should Wilder win, he will be ringside for the Joshua-Parker showdown to call out the winner.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 03-02-2018

That chin is getting cracked tomorrow night mang, Ortiz gonna [I][B]tax that ass!![/B][/I]

Comment by Nomadic on 03-02-2018

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18532953]BESIDES MOVIES, WHO STANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING? AND WHAT DOES "FIGHT LIKE A MAN" even mean? this is BOXING. PROFESSIONAL BOXING. BACKYARD BOXING HAS WENT OUT OF BUSINESS, BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SUPPORT THAT KIND OF…

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-02-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18532762]Just don't run. Stand in the middle of the ring and fight like a man.[/QUOTE] He will run like cowards Floyd and Canelo do. Wilder has the judges already scored for him thanks to Haymon

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-02-2018

[QUOTE=Boksfan;18532772]Will he run this fight?[/QUOTE] He will run or else he will get put down hard just like he was vs this 205lb bum Harold Sconiers[IMG]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVV6fqvUsAAT9Nf.png[/IMG][/IMG]

Comment by SHO_RULEZ on 03-02-2018

When Wilder is motivated, he can get a guy out of there in mintutes. Yet, there's other times where he's a lot more cautious. With Ortiz's skill, I think Wilder has one of those hesitant performances, where he's actually losing…

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