Parker: Wilder Showed The Heart of a Champion Against Ortiz

By Ryan Burton was on hand at one of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker's (24-0) recent training sessions in Las Vegas. Parker is putting the final touches on his training camp for his March 31st showdown against WBA/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua (20-0).

One of the topics discussed was Deontay Wilder's 10th round TKO victory over Luis Ortiz on March 3rd. The high-action fight was Showtime's highest rated fight in two years.

"I think it was good for him to get the victory. It was good for the heavyweight division. Ortiz is a tricky fighter, man. It was good action and it was exciting going back and forth, back and forth. It was a good fight," Parker told

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Wilder survived a major scare in the 7th round when he appeared to be almost out on his feet when the bell rang to end the round.  The American was able to get through the 8th round and came back to floor Ortiz in the 9th and finish him off in the 10th.

Parker was very impressed by the way Wilder was able to comeback and get the victory but at the same time believes he saw flaws that he is confident that he would be able to take advantage of.

"I was worried but he showed the heart of a champion and he showed that he wants to stay at the top for a long time and he came back," Parker revealed.

"We are watching as fans of boxing but also watching as a potential future opponent so you are sort of looking at the strengths and weaknesses that he has and things that you think will work but that is obviously down the road and we are focused on Joshua."

The fight takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales and will be televised on Sky Sports pay-per-view in the United Kingdom and Showtime in the United Stadiums.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by pollywog on 03-15-2018

[QUOTE=7not8;18575542] And if Ortiz was so savvy then why couldn't he dispose of a windmill with no skills? [/QUOTE] ...cos Ortiz is 120 years old and prolly off his meds!

Comment by 7not8 on 03-15-2018

[QUOTE=pollywog;18575168]I'm sure he wouldn't. Oilskin Parker wants to unify and become undisputed champion. Fighting Ortiz wouldn't do that and given windmills flaws and Ortiz savvy south paw skills, windmill would be the easier fight with the most to gain from.…

Comment by pollywog on 03-15-2018

[QUOTE=7not8;18574948]Actions speak louder than words. I'm sure Parker would rather face Ortiz over Wilder.[/QUOTE] I'm sure he wouldn't. Oilskin Parker wants to unify and become undisputed champion. Fighting Ortiz wouldn't do that and given windmills flaws and Ortiz savvy south…

Comment by Akutalee on 03-15-2018

Joshua just response to wilder claim. I hope the fraud won’t price him self out

Comment by 7not8 on 03-15-2018

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18574967]This is a solid post[/QUOTE] :beerchug: :boxing: Thanks boss

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