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Deontay Wilder: I Showed Everyone That I Can Take a Punch

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - Deontay Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead. Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favour.

Then, in the seventh, Wilder appeared out on his feet though he never hit the canvas. He stumbled to his corner when that round ended, and the end seemed near for Wilder.

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Instead, he closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.

It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.

"I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back," Wilder said. "And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight."

Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.

Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.

"A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight," Wilder said. " Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jkp on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=BoZz;18542999]Not at all, I'm a klitschko fan and would be more than happy for wilder to win lol...but I gotta be honest man wilder ain't sh** compared to joshua. Everyone especially the American public are on the bandwagon right now…

Comment by PensionKiller on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18538742]Let's say all of that is true. He's still proven that out of 7 billion people, he's at worst the #2 fighter on the planet. For a poor kid working as a truck driver delivering the mail, with…

Comment by BoZz on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18540575]Your clearly one of those joshua fanboys that rates boxers based on the size of there biceps. Ortiz looked fitter than Joshua to be fair. I didnt see him gassing out in rounds and spitting his mouth gaurd out to…

Comment by Jkp on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=BoZz;18539273]I got a lots of respect for wilder because he's not scared to fight anyone and he's no one's little b1tch like joshua is to hearn but the truth is today he looked like sh**....he looked sick...slimmer than usual and…

Comment by Butch.McRae on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=Redgloveman;18540004]I wouldn't have ever pulled you up on it, but for the fact that you specifically mentioned that you were a lawyer and could recognise intelligent writing. Also, the irony of finishing your post with "stay classy" after having bragged…

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