Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz: Afterthoughts

by Cliff Rold

Some longtime boxing fans and followers are good at lying to themselves.

They’ll discuss the finer points of the game and grow to admire the most sophisticated of slick boxers. It might even come to a point where they say they prefer to see a fine technical match over a brawl.

Then the big shot lands and every fan is an equal again. The knockout remains where the magic is. Before every fight, the ceremony is the same. The bell sounds and a ring announcer lets the spectator know what the stakes are, how many rounds are possible, and who the officials will be.

wilder-ortiz-fight (37)

Next, the fighters are introduced by name and record. Wins, losses, draws, and knockouts.

They don’t announce how many unanimous decisions a fighter has achieved. How many times have they sent their opponents to the showers early? That number is bait for the crowd, a hint at the possibility of violence.

Right now, only a decision or an upset could mess up a perfect storm. Deontay Wilder has 39 stops in 40 wins, knocking out the only man to last the route in a rematch. Wilder can say he’s knocked out every opponent he’s faced. Anthony Joshua is still a perfect 20 for 20.

Since Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier became the first undefeated heavyweights to fight for the title, we’ve seen multiple clashes between unbeatens. Some were for history’s crown; others just for belts. In none of those fights could both men say they owned a knockout over every previous opponent.

If Joshua stops Joseph Parker in their unification bout later this month, the opportunity will be there.

After his back from the brink defeat of Luis Ortiz last Saturday, Wilder’s perceived chances against Joshua had to go up. Betting odds show he would still be an underdog. Ortiz showed why for much of the first eight rounds.

Ortiz spent a lot of time boxing Wilder’s ears off. Despite the scores of the judges, one could easily have had Ortiz winning six of the first eight rounds, even coming off the floor in the fifth. Ortiz couldn’t put him away. Wilder might not be able to box to the most sophisticated of tunes but it turns out he can take a pretty good shot, has the heart and will to overcome adversity.

And that right hand?

That right hand is the sort of thing that makes everyone a fan when it lands.

Let’s get into it.

The Future for Wilder: Wilder’s future, and the sport’s biggest money fight sooner than later, is all wrapped up in Joshua. Joshua may yet opt, if he defeats Parker (and that’s still if), to make his US debut against someone else before pushing in the chips with Wilder. Mandatories could interfere. One side or the other could set an unreasonable price. Let’s hope both men insist. This fight needs to happen while those knockout marks remain. It’s too good a promotional hook to let die.

If it doesn’t but they can’t make an immediate clash, Wilder could take WBC leading contender Dillian Whyte, a former Joshua foe, or in-house PBC rival Dominic Breazeale. The latter seems more likely given the business of boxing. Neither is what the world is waiting for. Regardless, Wilder goes forward with enhanced credibility. For years, his quality of opposition has been questioned. The first chance he got, he answered emphatically.  

The Future for Ortiz: Ortiz, at 38, need not be seen as done but for him this had to be a heartbreaker. Time wasn’t on his side going into the fight and it will only get shorter going forward. This was his big chance and it slipped through his fingers. Like Wladimir Klitschko against Joshua last year, Ortiz will always have to wonder what might have happened if he’d gone for the kill the round after wounding his man. Ortiz retains credibility as an opponent and would beat most of the class fighting as he did against Wilder. It just wasn’t enough to manage twelve rounds without getting caught by the power of Wilder.

Additional Weekend Picks (3-0) (Uzcategui, Kovalev, Bivol)

Rold Picks 2018: 5-4

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-15-2018

[QUOTE=sportbuddha;18552756]I’ve been saying it for months because it’s my point of view and I’m not a troll. Actual boxing, he’s an awkward south paw, strong, good amateur record. And he looked a better ‘boxer’ than Wilder. But he hasn’t done…

Comment by sportbuddha on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18552757]It means the man knows how to fight. He beat Wilder up in that ring. He neutralized Deontay's jab, he walked him down, was beating him both to the jab and the punch. At times Ortiz had Wilder looking lost…

Comment by champion4ever on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=sportbuddha;18552701] Brw I agree Ortiz was Wilders best opponent to date, I’m just not sure what that means based on his background.[/QUOTE]It means the man knows how to fight. He beat Wilder up in that ring. He neutralized Deontay's jab,…

Comment by sportbuddha on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18552285]How do you think Marciano won against the top guys ? You dont have to be a technician and age is irrelevant if you have no actual evidence against Ortiz to prove outside of Joshua you will find a more…

Comment by sportbuddha on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18552476]How exactly is Joshua going to neutralize Wilder? He is going to out box him, knock him out, close the distance in the ring. I just don't see it. Many of you guys seem to believe that Joshua is some…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (29)
Top Headlines Wilder vs. Fury, Joshua vs. Povetkin - CompuBox Final 4 Analysis Frank Warren Breaks Down Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin Takam: If Povetkin Starts Slow, He'll Get Slaughtered By Joshua Ryan Garcia: Canelo Beats Golovkin Even Easier in Third Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather, Munguia, More Luke Campbell Very Confident as He Enters Mendy Rematch Bellew: Povetkin Should Be Banned, Not Getting Joshua Shot Wilder, Fury Promises Explosive Drama When They Collide Ivan Baranchyk vs. Anthony Yigit Added To Prograis-Flanagan Jermell Charlo Raises Hand To Face Floyd Mayweather in Return Jon Fernandez: We Just Had a Bad Game Plan For This Fight Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham Foster Out-Boxes, Upsets Jon Fernandez in ShoBox Main Event Irvin Gonzalez Busier, Easily Beats Carlos Ramos Canelo Vows Quick Return: I Want To Fight in December Steven Ortiz Edges Wesley Ferrer By Majority Decision Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement