Wilder: Glad I Went Through 7th Round; Showed I Can Take Punch

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – The shaky sequence almost cost Deontay Wilder his unblemished record, the WBC heavyweight title and a shot at an eight-figure payday against Anthony Joshua.

Wilder still is pleased that he went through the most troublesome moments of his nine-year career in the seventh round of his eventual 10th-round knockout of Luis Ortiz on Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The heavily criticized champion thinks the heart and resilience he displayed during the final 40 seconds of that seventh round showed skeptics that he can take punishing punches from hard-hitting heavyweights and knows how to fight through adversity.

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“I’m glad I got into that situation, because I showed people a lot,” Wilder said during the post-fight press conference. “That I can take a punch, that, you know, I can overcome adversity. And now, what else can be said? What are they gonna keep saying? That I’m sloppy? That I’m windmilling or whatever? What else you gonna be saying?”

The 32-year-old Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) realizes that he won’t win over some detractors due to his unconventional style and technical flaws. Wilder still thinks that after taking so much criticism for his level of opposition, they should recognize that he has knocked out a dangerous opponent in the 38-year-old Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs, 2 NC).

“At the end of the day, styles make fights and my style is what it is,” Wilder said. “I continue to prove to the people that I’m gonna continue to win. I’m gonna continue to knock these guys out with the style that I have. So people are just gonna have to deal with what I got, and just love on me, as I love on you guys and entertain you guys and give you some of the best fights.

“Like I said, I took a stand and took a great risk, with a small reward, just to show you guys that I am the best. Because I consider Luis Ortiz the best. It was an honor to get in the ring with him.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 03-08-2018

[QUOTE=Rikanlynx86;18553677]Its a little different with the heavyweight division.Groves was a highly skilled in and out boxer. tbh I think Ortiz is more similar in skillset to groves than Joshua. I think Joshua is more technical than Wilder but i still…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18548453]Alot like the eubank fight two weeks before just that wilder has good one punch power and it got him out of jail before this fight i was slowly buying into the hype but hes got nothing more than a…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=JLC;18544299]Much further than what ? He’s world champ. 7 defenses. Just took a boogey mans 0 by ko and has knocked out every opponent he’s faced.[/QUOTE] Boogey mans 0 ortiz was untested could barely carry hos legs the so called…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18543591]Showing you can take a punch would not be getting hurt by a punch. Wilder showed the opposite. :dunce: If Ortiz had 10 more secs or the ref stopped it would anyone be saying he could take a punch?…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=boxingitis;18549507]The only one that needs a tompon is your after riding That WILDer deek for so long. I know u love getting hit in the back by Wilder.[/QUOTE] Get your pussie ass outta here. You are mad because Wilder won.…

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