Jarrell Miller: Could Be An 'Early Night' for Wilder or Ortiz

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – If Jarrell Miller were to bet his own money on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz fight, he’d place his wager on Ortiz.

That has more to do with odds than anything because Wilder is about a 3-1 favorite in advance of their fight for his WBC heavyweight title March 3 in Brooklyn. When objectively analyzing the bout between Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) and Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs, 2 NC), Miller could see either fighter winning by knockout early in their scheduled 12-rounder at Barclays Center (Showtime).

Miller gave his breakdown of Wilder-Ortiz before a press conference Tuesday in Manhattan for the undefeated heavyweight contender’s next fight. Brooklyn’s Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) will face France’s Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs) on the Daniel Jacobs-Maciej Sulecki undercard April 28 at Barclays Center (HBO).

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“I would like to see Ortiz put some work on Deontay,” Miller said. “I think he deserves it. I know he’s been getting a lot of B.S. from media and all that crazy stuff. But Ortiz is one of the best counter-punchers in boxing and if he can withstand the storm the first couple rounds and time Deontay, it’ll be an early night for Deontay to go home. But if he stands there and gets hit by Deontay, it could be an early night for Ortiz to go home.”

While Miller considers Ortiz a legitimate threat to Wilder’s title reign, he also views Wilder as an opportunist because he’ll fight the powerful southpaw when the Cuban contender is in the twilight of his career.

“We all know that Ortiz is not really 38 or 39,” Miller said. “He’s more like 43 or 45, and they kind of waited for Ortiz to get a little old, waited for the threat to go away a little bit. I feel like that’s what they did with this fight, to kind of hinder Ortiz, kind of, you know, wait for an opportunity to jump on him.

“So I know Deontay’s talking about everybody, and he’s beating Mike Tyson – he’s just hyping himself up. You know what I mean? But he does have confidence. I still see that fight as 50-50 because Ortiz is still more educated in the ring than Deontay is. So it’s the old, educated guy against the young stud.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RedPath on 02-25-2018

They both have KO power, but neither of them have faced elite opposition to date. Ortiz is the superior boxer in my opinion, especially at countering. In terms of ability to absorb punches, I don't think we've seen Ortiz do…

Comment by JSN006 on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18514522]So you're just a hater, then, and nothing Wilder does will ever be good enough. Good to know.[/QUOTE] Same logic youre a beyonce nuthugger then, he is right wilder should get credit for what? Fighting a live person, not a…

Comment by sammybee on 02-25-2018

I tip Wilder to win because of his height, reach advantage and above all his power. Old man Ortiz is too old to beat Wilder.

Comment by Brettcappe on 02-24-2018

Agreed P4Pdunny. If father time hasn't caught up with King Kong, he will knock out birdlegs!

Comment by P4Pdunny on 02-24-2018

Think Ortiz will catch Wilder coming in with that left quite a bit and the fight will hinge on how Wilder takes those shots

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