LAS VEGAS -- Deontay Wilder authored a story most people have become very familiar with against Luis Ortiz; get outboxed for most of the rounds, then put a sudden, violent end to the fight. In the rematch of a highly entertaining first fight, Wilder (40-0-1 41 KOs) knocked out Luis Ortiz 31-2 26 KOs) in the seventh round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ortiz got off to a very good start, sweeping most of, if not all of the early rounds. Mainly due to the simple fact that Wilder wasn't doing much of anything. Perhaps due to the skill of Ortiz, Wilder gave Ortiz few opportunities to counter-punch by reducing his own output. Ortiz boxed very well up to the seventh, catching Wilder with a few overhand lefts and some solid body work. Ortiz was certainly game, but as history has showed us time and time again, all Wilder needs is one shot to undo all of his opponents good work. He may not be the most technical, he may not have the best footwork, but what he does have is one of the most devastating weapons in the entire history of boxing.
Wilder talked about his cautious, and seemingly passive approach in the in-ring post fight interview and chalked it up to Ortiz being the crafty and calculated fighter that Cuban fighters have proven to be throughout history.
Wilder also pleaded with other heavyweights to give Ortiz a shot, saying he's earned it, as he's one of the best fighters in the division. Ortiz could use the endorsement as it has been close to impossible to get other big names in the ring with him.
Next up for Wilder is hopefully yet another rematch in February, this time with Tyson Fury.