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Video: Evander Holyfield Reacts To Wilder's Knockout of Ortiz

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - Deontay Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead. Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favour.

Then, in the seventh, Wilder appeared out on his feet though he never hit the canvas. He stumbled to his corner when that round ended, and the end seemed near for Wilder.

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Instead, he closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.

It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.

Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.

Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RSBonos on 03-04-2018

I like how Evander thinks Wilder is a rookie based on his skills lol

Comment by P4Pdunny on 03-04-2018

If AJ won’t fight him next, i wouldnt mind seeing it again

Comment by Ray* on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=solo20;18538813]"Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards." LOL[/QUOTE] Yeah that’s the only way to quote that scenario. 86-84 in Ortiz favour on my card, some score the 7th round a 10-8 round but when a fighter does everything…

Comment by solo20 on 03-04-2018

"Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards." LOL

Comment by BluDivision on 03-04-2018

Same way I feel Evander... that guy is special! Wilder’s not a perfect fighter but what he can do, he does it at an elite level!!!! People don’t understand the scope of this win! Any real boxing pundit knows how…

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