Luis Ortiz Puts Final Touches on Career-Best Physique For Wilder

The final touches have been applied to his training camp, and Luis Ortiz couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.

The 40-year old Cuban southpaw physically appears to be in the best shape of his near-10 year career as he heads into his upcoming rematch with unbeaten heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs). The pair of familiar rivals collide once again this Saturday, live on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Ortiz came dangerously close to dethroning Wilder in their first fight, recovering from a 5th round knockdown to badly rock the Alabama native in the 7th round of their memorable war last March. Wilder recovered, scoring two more knockdowns en route to a 10th round stoppage. Minor strategic adjustments have been applied in training camp, with a far greater emphasis on shifting his current weight from flesh to muscle.

“Other than just being in better shape, I don't necessarily see anything that could have been done differently on my part,” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs; 2NCs) stated of their first fight in a recent media conference call to discuss the rematch. “I think that some of the things that Wilder did and the antics that Wilder does could be dealt with differently this time around.

“You absolutely never know what Wilder is going to do as far as how he approaches his fights. But one thing for sure is that both mentally and physically I'm at my best and prepared. So he can bring whatever he is going to bring. No problem.”

Recent photos have surfaced of the end result of a 12-week training camp on site in Las Vegas, as opposed to training out his Miami hometown. Often mocked for looking much older than his 40 years of age, Ortiz appears to be rock solid for the first time as a pro.

“We’re not bullsh-ting,” head trainer Herman Caicedo quipped to

Wilder attempts the 10th defense of his heavyweight title, while Ortiz looks to become the first ever Cuban boxer to win a piece of the heavyweight crown. 

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MDPopescu on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;20195591]Cool. I think it’s going to be a good fight, regardless of the outcome. I remember when it was first announced. Many around here downplayed the match, calling Ortiz an old man. While I agree that’s a definite factor against…

Comment by Legends456 on 11-18-2019

[QUOTE=Swisher_G;20196204]Ortiz can get his physique as strong as he can but it still wont help his chin take those punches from Wilder!!!.....ortiz will be finished in less than 7 rounds!![/QUOTE] Fair point, very few in heavyweight history would probably be…

Comment by Swisher_G on 11-18-2019

Ortiz can get his physique as strong as he can but it still wont help his chin take those punches from Wilder!!!.....ortiz will be finished in less than 7 rounds!!

Comment by johnbook on 11-18-2019

Ortiz is a smart boxer. I don't see him going for broke. He has to fight cautiously because he didn't see them coming from Wilder last time. Obviously anything can happen given how close he came last time. Most probable…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 11-18-2019

[QUOTE=OldTerry;20195633]Upset is the key word. I Ortiz wins I'll be upset.[/QUOTE] Lol [QUOTE=OldTerry;20195663]I think the only thing Ortiz can change in his approach is to put the pressure on Wilder from the opening bell. He certainly can't change his style…

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