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Wilder's Trainer: I Was Worried in 7th, But Deontay Digs Deep

Jay Deas, the trainer and co-manager of WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), admits he was worried last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

During the seventh round of his seventh world title defense, Wilder was in the fight of his life when Cuban challenger Luis Ortiz had him in serious trouble in the final minute of the fight.

Ortiz had been down in the fifth round, but recovered to bring forth his onslaught two rounds later.

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Wilder himself was able to weather the storm after getting badly rocked from a counter, but when the seventh round came to a close it appeared to many that the unbeaten champion was on the verge of being upset.

But that didn't happen.

Wilder appeared to stun Ortiz at the end of the ninth. And then came out firing hard in the tenth. After dropping Ortiz hard (28-1, 24 KOs) with a series of punches, Wilder went for the kill with an uppercut that sent Ortiz down for the third time - and the referee waved it off.

The victory, and the ability to stay on his feet in the seventh and overcome some real adversity, has raised Wilder's stock in the eyes of many critics.   

"I knew he would respond well. I was worried but I could see he was problem-solving," Wilder's trainer Deas told Sky Sports about the seventh-round onslaught.

"He was grabbing and holding and, when there was space, trying to punch. He was in a hurricane but kept a level of composure and a presence of mind. That was a treacherous minute. Boy, what a tough fight.

"I've seen him in so many competitions and in so many personal situations where it looks bleak, from the outside. But I know Deontay pulls through those moments. He can dig deeper than anybody you will ever meet."

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

Great fight Exactly what was needed for the AJ fight

Comment by Butch.McRae on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=miked85;18547734]#Showtime #Boxing 9p: 437k 9:36pm 673k 10:13pm 784k 10:44pm 1.055m #WilderOrtiz Main Event 11:29pm 579k #HBO #Boxing 10:07pm 483k 10:17pm 512k 11:02pm 465k 11:25pm 599k 11:52pm 491k[/QUOTE] What's the average for the main event? Break out the numbers by the…

Comment by miked85 on 03-06-2018

#Showtime #Boxing 9p: 437k 9:36pm 673k 10:13pm 784k 10:44pm 1.055m #WilderOrtiz Main Event 11:29pm 579k #HBO #Boxing 10:07pm 483k 10:17pm 512k 11:02pm 465k 11:25pm 599k 11:52pm 491k

Comment by AdonisCreed on 03-06-2018

Wilder needs a better trainer that'll keep him more fundamentally sound. He's winning off power right now but if he had somebody to teach him the basics he'd be better off and can improve even more. Wilder needs to stop…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=TyrantT316;18547663]Wilder, like any Heavyweight in history, showed vulnerability. However, not many have been able to weather a storm vs a skilled and strong opponent. This wasn't like he got dropped by a light puncher. He was hit cleanly multiple times…

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