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Luis Ortiz Believes "Shady" Eight Should Push Wilder Rematch

By Elisinio Castillo

Cuban heavyweight puncher Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) is not happy with the way last Saturday's fight played out with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

Ortiz believed the fight was in his hands after badly hurting Wilder in the seventh round and coming within a few seconds of stopping him before the bell rang.

At the start of the eight round, there was timeout period called, so the local commission could examine Wilder before he went forward with the next round.

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But Wilder bounced back by the end of the ninth when he stunned Ortiz, and then scored two knockdowns in the tenth - to finish off the Cuban challenger as the referee waved off the bout before a crowd of over 14,000 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Wilder's trainer and co-manager, Jay Deas, has already rejected the idea that some internal collusion was in play to provide his boxer with additional time to recover from the seventh round.

Ortiz and his handlers believe different. They feel the victory was snatched away from them and based on their evidence of what transpired in the eight round they want a rematch to take place - unless Wilder comes to a deal with WBA, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.

"Look how the referee didn't even have to look at Wilder.. he knew what he had to do. Wilder was completely stunned. We are not taking credit away from Wilder. He did what he had to do and ended the fight like a champion. But his promoters or someone with deep pockets made a sign to the referee.. it wasn't Wilder but someone with interest in his victory," Ortiz stated.

"I feel like we deserve a rematch and I think it should happen if Anthony Joshua doesn't agree to fight with Wilder. We deserve a rematch after seeing this, this was a robbery and it really was an epic battle of Godzilla vs King Kong."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sotgoda on 03-09-2018

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;18556556]Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: I don't believe Wilder is as confident as he lets on. He's a solid HW, has some serious talent, will do well against any top HW currently... but the New Messiah he…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-08-2018

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: I don't believe Wilder is as confident as he lets on. He's a solid HW, has some serious talent, will do well against any top HW currently... but the New Messiah he…

Comment by john l on 03-08-2018

[QUOTE=jjsmyth87;18553134]Why didn't they send Ortiz to the corner at the beginning of the folowing round he got knocked down in? Because Wilder is a Pbc fighter and every single fight where the Pbc fighter is the A side they get…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 03-08-2018

If AJ don't face Wilder next then I'd be happy to see this again

Comment by landotter on 03-08-2018

Ortiz got the benefit of a very generous 8 count in round 5 after his first knock down. Basically all the way up to the last 10 seconds of the round, ensuring Wilder had no chance to finish the job.…

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