Wilder Warns Joshua: It's All About Heart - Not Muscles or Weight!

Deontay Wilder recovered from a seventh-round scare to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight title on Saturday and keep intact his record of knocking out every opponent he has faced.

Wilder knocked down Cuba's Luis Ortiz three times in the fight, finishing off the previously unbeaten challenger with a right uppercut as the referee stopped the fight with 55 seconds left in the 10th round.

The 32-year-old Wilder improved to 40-0 with 39 knockouts as he made the seventh defence of his heavyweight title.

Wilder knocked Ortiz down in the fifth and twice in the final round but Ortiz made him work for the victory at Barclays Center arena in New York. Wilder barely survived the seventh after Ortiz surprised him with a right hook and left hand combination and followed it up with a barrage of his own.

wilder-ortiz-fight (33)

This was the first career title fight and first loss for the stout Ortiz who weighed in at 241 pounds, almost 30 pounds heavier than the taller and leaner 6-foot-7 Wilder.

Wilder has been trying unsuccessfully to get a unification fight with two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and now hopes this win is a stepping stone to more heavyweight hardware.

But with no date set to fight England's Joshua, Wilder had to face the dangerous counter-punching Ortiz (28-1).

Wilder hopes to next fight the winner of a Joshua-Joseph Parker unification title fight on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales.

"I am ready right now. I want to unify. I am ready whenever those guys are," Wilder said.

Wilder gives Parker a shot at the upset - and warned Joshua that a boxer with a lot of "heart" could overcome an opponent with a weight advantage and big muscles.

"I think Parker has a 100 percent chance of winning that fight, he just has to be smart and stick with the game plan," added Wilder.

"In this ring it's not about how much a person weighs, it's not about how big a person's muscles are, it's all about their heart."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sotgoda on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=boxxsingh;18551700]Yeah man. Chin doesn't matter in HW division though. All can end in one punch. And this is the most 50-50 fight in world boxing ever.[/QUOTE] You are correct - all it takes is one punch. But, please do not…

Comment by boxxsingh on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=sotgoda;18548431]My point here is that AJ's punches do not carry the same power as Wilder. I also think Wilder has the better (though marginal) chin. Wilder also has the better killer instinct and will not let AJ recover. AJ seems…

Comment by sotgoda on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=boxxsingh;18547823]That's likely too. I do see it unlikely that if AJ lands first then Wilder recovers. But again both AJ and Wilder have come back from the trenches so won't be surprised if it goes the distance too.[/QUOTE] My point…

Comment by boxxsingh on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=sotgoda;18545270]Bro, I thought Wilder won round 2 clearly and could have been given either of 3 or 4 (more likely 4). For all Wilder's talk outside the ring, you could see in the ring that he did respect Ortiz's technical…

Comment by sotgoda on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=boxxsingh;18545184]Yeah makes sense. But it did take Wilder 5 rounds to start punching in the fight. Anyone's fight. Whoever lands first.[/QUOTE] Bro, I thought Wilder won round 2 clearly and could have been given either of 3 or 4 (more…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (64)
Top Headlines Frank Bruno Issues Joseph Parker Warning To Anthony Joshua Golden Boy Prez on Golovkin: Sounds Like Fear, Making Excuses Liam Smith: There is No Way Ali Beats Even a 75% Version of Cotto Willy Vlautin and His Love For The Sport of Boxing WBC Prez is Waiting For Mikey Garcia To Make His Decision Golden Boy Prez Reacts: It Sounds Like Golovkin Wants Out! Golovkin: Those Responsible For Draw Are Terrorists, Need Jail! Golovkin: Canelo is Cheating, Using Drugs - De La Hoya is Dirty Yuriorkis Gamboa, Golden Boy Promotions Part Ways Jorge Arce Comes Out Firing in Defense of Canelo, Luis Nery Hearn Reacts To Wilder Calling Him 'White Man Milking a Brother' Ryota Murata vs. Emanuele Blandamura Will Be Carried By ESPN Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore Finalized For SHO Triple ESPN Names Mayweather 8th Most Dominant Athlete of Past 20 Years Kautondokwa: After Godoy, I am ready for Billy Joe Saunders! Jose Ramirez's First Defense Targeted For Ballpark in Fresno Tyson Fury's New Goal - Break Joe Louis' 25 Defense Record News: Payano vs. Plania, Braulio Rodriguez, Vicente Eyes Dogboe Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts Ramirez-Imam Tripleheader Averaged Only 488K Viewers for ESPN Anthony Joshua Won’t Discuss What He'll Weigh for Parker Fight News: Klara Svennson Update, Rocco Wadell Back on April 21 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray Moves To June 23rd Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me! Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia

Latest Active Forum Threads