Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - In a fight of extreme extremes, Deontay Wilder overcame several instances of deep trouble to score three knockdowns (one in the seventh, two in the 10th) to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the seventh time.
His 39 knockouts are the most by a heavyweight titlist through 40 fights and he has tied Joe Louis for second place for consecutive knockouts in heavyweight title defenses with seven.
Wilder landed 39% of his power shots, well below the 56.6% he logged in his seven previous title fights, while taking 43%. Scoring through nine: 85-84 Wilder by all judges.
WILDER KO 10 ORTIZ - BY THE NUMBERS
• Wilder had a 33-6 edge in total punches landed in the last two rounds
• 18 of Wilder's 60 landed power punches (30%) were in the tenth round
• Wilder landed 55.8% of his power punches in the last two rounds after landing just 32% in the previous eight rounds
• 35 of Ortiz's 63 landed power punches (56%) were in rounds seven (22) and eight (13)
• the 27 total punches landed by Ortiz in the seventh round were the most by a Wilder opponent in 20 of his fights tracked by CompuBox
• the 22 power shots landed by Ortiz in seventh round were the most by a Wilder opponent in 20 of his fights tracked by CompuBox
• Ortiz landed 43.4% of his power punches in the fight, the highest pct. by a Wilder opponent in 20 of his fights tracked by CompuBox
• 33 of Ortiz's 87 landed punches (38%) were body shots
• 5 of Wilder's 98 landed punches were body shots
Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder retained his WBC title in his seventh defense with a tenth round knockout over unbeaten challenger Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz in a thrilling back-and-forth SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) not only survived the toughest test of his career but also finished the job in spectacular fashion by unleashing a ferocious 10th round assault on Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs). Wilder floored the Cuban challenger twice in the round, forcing referee David Fields to stop the fight at 2:05 of the round.