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Ortiz: I Almost Had Wilder - If There Were a Few Seconds More!

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.
 
Oritz looked like he would dethrone Wilder in the seventh round, countering with a strong right hand that hurt the WBC heavyweight champion. Ortiz unleashed a barrage of punches against a stunned Wilder, who somehow managed to stay on his feet to close the round before being saved by the bell. Ortiz continued his assault on Wilder into the eighth round, who again managed to make it through the round.

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In the ninth round, Wilder began to rebound as he knocked Ortiz off-balance with a straight right hand. America's only reigning heavyweight champion was firmly back in the fight as he landed a strong combination on Ortiz to close the round, completely changing the momentum of the fight.
 
Both fighters came out strong at the start of the tenth round, landing simultaneous blows that made each fighter temporarily wobbly. But it was Wilder who capitalized on the moment, as the Alabama-native pounced on Ortiz, sending his opponent to the canvas for the second time of the night with a flurry of overhand right hands. A dazed Ortiz returned to his feet, but was unable to withstand a follow-up assault from a confident Wilder, who landed an uppercut that sent Ortiz to the canvas for the third and final time.
 
A proud but disappointed Ortiz, who was on the brink of a sensational seventh round stoppage of Wilder before the bell rang, also spoke to Gray following the fight.
 
"It was a great fight and I performed well," Ortiz said. "I thought I was up on the scorecard going into the tenth round, but it's heavyweight boxing and you never know what's going to happen.
 
"I almost had him and I think I would've if there were a few more seconds in the round."
 
Wilder out landed Ortiz 98-87, although Ortiz held a slight advantage in landed power punches, 63-60. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MagikLair on 03-05-2018

A rematch wouldn't be the worst idea if they can't get Joshua for a bit

Comment by uppercut510 on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18538762]That was not even one third of Joshua Vs klitschko, there's was like 2 rounds were neither wilder or ortiz did anything but slap jab , and then wilder rushing in with messy punches, ...both Joshua and klitschko knew how…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-05-2018

This is why boxing fans need to stop crying ( worst combat sports fans ever in this era ,sorry but they are at least the 30 plus years ive been watching ) Both showed resolve to make the fight great…

Comment by DJrabit on 03-05-2018

If the referee did not make Wilder rest the next round.

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 03-05-2018

Both were terrible, terrible... AJ destroys them both

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