Earlier this month, fans were treated to a heavyweight war when WBC world champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) knocked out Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) in the tenth round.
After four cautious rounds at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the fight broke out when Wilder dropped Ortiz in the fifth round.
Ortiz would recover and then badly hurt Wilder in the seventh round. He nearly had the unbeaten champion ready to go when the bell rang to end the seventh.
This it was Wilder's turn to recover, as he weathered the storm and came back to rock Ortiz near the end of the ninth. When the tenth round began, Wilder came out firing and scored two more knockdowns to finish Ortiz off.
But Ortiz and his handlers were unhappy with the events that transpired after the seventh round.
At the start of the eight round, there was timeout period called, so the local commission could examine Wilder before he went forward with the fight.
Ortiz and his handlers feel the victory was snatched away from them and based on their evidence of what transpired in the eight round they want a rematch to take place.
"Look how the referee didn't even have to look at Wilder.. he knew what he had to do. Wilder was completely stunned. We are not taking credit away from Wilder. He did what he had to do and ended the fight like a champion. But his promoters or someone with deep pockets made a sign to the referee.. it wasn't Wilder but someone with interest in his victory," Ortiz stated.
"I feel like we deserve a rematch and I think it should happen if Anthony Joshua doesn't agree to fight with Wilder. We deserve a rematch after seeing this, this was a robbery and it really was an epic battle of Godzilla vs King Kong."
Wilder was asked about those claims and brushed them off.
He says Ortiz himself was saved by the bell in the fifth and had two additional rounds - the eight and ninth - to close the show and failed to do so.
"They need excuses. Every time a person lose, you notice how they need some type of excuse. We get this in every fight. What is a few seconds? If you add up all of the time [at the start of the eight], it was only five seconds at best [when they checked on me]. So what is that going to do for me to recover? That's not going to do nothing for a person. And he had from the eight to the ninth round to do whatever has was gonna do, so that's still more time," Wilder explained to the Below The Belt Podcast.
"And people fail to realize, in the fifth round he got saved by the bell. I dropped Ortiz five times and really got counted for two of those times."