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Parker's Trainer: Deontay Wilder Made Himself The Guy To Beat

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) was expected to have the toughest fight of his career on Saturday night, and he did.

Wilder was nearly stopped in the seventh round, but came back to score a knockout victory over Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) in the tenth round, as over 14,000 fans at Brooklyn's Barclays Center exploded. 

Wilder also had Ortiz down in the fifth, but the Cuban puncher recovered and had the champion ready to go in the seventh. It appeared that Wilder might be on the brink of defeat. But Wilder's right hand proved to be the equalizer in the tenth, as he rocked and then dropped Ortiz for a second time. Moments later, a huge uppercut sent Ortiz down and out.

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Now Wilder wants the winner of the upcoming unification between IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker, which takes place on March 31 at Principality in Cardiff, Wales.

Kevin Barry, the head trainer of Parker, was very impressed with Wilder's performance.

Barry saw similarities between Wilder's win over Ortiz and Joshua's previous knockout win over Wladimir Klitschko in April of 2017.

"It was a smart fight by Wilder, but I think that is a fight that Ortiz and his people will be looking at it today and asking why they didn't go harder in the eighth round. There are similarities between Wilder's performance against Ortiz and Joshua's performance against Klitschko," Barry told Trackside Radio.

"Both guys fighting very good opponents, both guys being hurt, coming back from some dark places and winning sensation performances. Wilder has set himself up as the guy to beat and he is now 40-0 which demands lots of respect. I've always thought he is the most dangerous puncher against the heavyweight group.

"He showed once again he can lose rounds, he can look unorthodox, he can look dangly but when he hits you with that right hand there is nobody in the 40 opponents he has put on the canvas."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by john l on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=sotgoda;18548395]Got it. Not sure that's what most of these other folks on here and the commentators mean. They keep ignoring the things that Wilder brings to the table. Technique is not the only thing that wins. Look at the Wilder-Ortiz…

Comment by sotgoda on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=john l;18548142]That's what I meant by being more "complete".He has more of an arsenal AND better tech correct.But Yea agree what Wilder does do right can trump his advantages.[/QUOTE] Got it. Not sure that's what most of these other folks…

Comment by sotgoda on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=john l;18548151]Yup all people need to look at to know that's true is the Ali beats Foreman and Foreman KILLS Frazier but Joe gives Alii he ll every day of week.Could slip in Norton for Joe and still same.[/QUOTE] Agreed.…

Comment by john l on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=sotgoda;18545583]Well said, bro. Styles make fight. Arreola destroyed Molina in 1 round. Wilder did it in 9 rounds and AJ in 3 rounds. Does that mean Arreola beats Wilder or AJ? No. Wilder already used just 1 hand to beat…

Comment by john l on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=sotgoda;18545565]Bro, agreed with what you have said. The only thing I will correct is that AJ is the more "technically" complete fighter. I don't believe he is the more complete fighter. As I stated in my previous post, if only…

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