There's no way around that; it's simply a fact of the sport. This is the best fight in boxing that can be made.
"The plan is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world". The only thing missing is convincing the public that he's the genuine article. If a fighter comes to fight and competes hard and happens to lose, it shouldn't matter.
Wilder-Ortiz was previously scheduled to take place on November 4th, 2017, before Ortiz tested positive for banned diuretics.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder would have been a household name, not a guy mistaken for LeBron James at Disney World. But no one at heavyweight can compete with Wilder's athleticism, which could play a major role should this fight turn into a shootout early on. But for Wilder, this an extremely high-risk fight for a relative small amount of money, in terms of the risk. "At 6'7" and about 220, Wilder is in a 3-way tie (with Vitali Klitschko and Henry Akinwande) for the 3rd tallest heavyweight champion in history, a distinction which is becoming less and less spectacular when considering the vertical landscape of today's division. It was abundantly clear that despite Toney's vast skill advantages over Sam Peter and Hasim Rahman, size and physicality alone were enough to suppress Toney's ability in the fight.
Deontay Wilder puts his WBC world heavyweight championship belt on the line Saturday night against unbeaten challenger Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He'd be favored over every opponent Wilder has ever faced.
Against Ortiz, a crisp boxer who can really crack, that could be a problem.
For Ortiz, the questions facing him have more to do with age (he's 38, although unfounded rumors still circulate that he's much older) and whether his most dominant victories, including a dismantling of Bryant Jennings in 2015, were more the result of performance-enhancing drugs?
"Some people can't understand when they see greatness", Wilder said.
The victor of that fight would then claim all of the existing five heavyweight belts.
Wilder, who vowed to "end Joshua's career", was not holding back when asked about the British star. I can't get America to get behind me and say 'Believe in me because I'm this and that, ' and I don't show it. With Wilder being on the cusp of a super fight with Joshua I believe somebody knows somebody who knows something, making it pointless to breakdown the mechanics of both fighters other than to say that as a technician, minus speed, Ortiz is the better fighter with near equal power.
A blockbuster month of heavyweight boxing is underway, fight fans.
"Plus there are a couple of unbeaten youngsters-Brooklyn's Jarrell (Big Baby) Miller, who has come into the ring carrying almost 300 pounds on his 6'4" frame but was a relatively-svelte 283 when he stopped Mariusz Wach in his most recent fight in November, and Adam Kownacki, a transplanted Pole fighting out of Brooklyn who is 17-0 with 14 KOs. "You do all you can to protect your fighter". Eddie doesn't have to take a punch in his life. Boxing needs Joshua-Wilder to be added to that list.
"Not only do I think Ortiz is one of the best technical fighters in the business, with his Cuban background and style, and a lot of people have labelled him the boogeyman of the division". They avoided him. So I said, here was the opportunity to bless Ortiz with this opportunity. "He's fighting the toughest possible fight available to him for the money that's available. Well, I'm here and I'm ready for him", he said. Rather they want to see Wilder prevail in a seventh title defense and remain on course to face Joshua in the future, either late this year or in 2019. Until now, Wilder has refused to grant him his wish.
"... I offered them 50-50 first, then they talked about Dillian Whyte".
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