Wilder 'ready' for Joshua after defeating Ortiz

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will answer a ton of questions in showdown for heavyweight supremacy

Wilder managed to stay on his feet but it took him another couple rounds to shake off the cobwebs and score the TKO win late in the 10th.

The sensational fight saw Wilder struggle in the opening rounds, dropping points to his Cuban opponent.

"It was slow to start, thought Ortiz was winning the fight quite comfortably and had obviously hurt Wilder badly in the seventh round".

A courageous Ortiz got back up again, only to have a rejuvenated Wilder attack him again.

Wilder had already knocked his opponent down twice before he finally ended the fight in the 10 round in NY.

Ortiz would make it up at the count of nine but was clearly out on his feet.

With the win, Wilder all but secures an inevitable showdown with unified champion Anthony Joshua. With a scant amateur record of 30-5, Wilder's early pro fights were basically an extended amateur career as he sharpened his skills. While Wilder had won 38 of his first 39 bouts by knockout, he has consistently drawn criticism for facing inferior competition. Ortiz stumbled after absorbing that punch, but the ninth round ended several seconds later. It didn't come because Ortiz was exhausted.

Luis "King Kong" Ortiz is 38-years-old, but in some ways, he's more like an up and comer, having only turned pro in 2010, and only really picking up meaningful momentum on the worldwide scene in the past couple of years.

In truth, referee David Fields might - and probably should - have stopped it there and then; Wilder was fortunate to be given every chance to survive, but showed inhuman fortitude in grabbing and wobbling his way through sustained fistic abuse at the hands of his opponent.

I can't foresee Wilder being tentative in this fight, so I can see some serious shots being exchanged. An exhausted Wilder moved slowly back to his corner, but shook his head, as if to indicate he wasn't finished just yet.

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Wilder has caused controversy in the aftermath of his fight by suggesting that Matchroom promotions owner Hearn is "another white man milking a black man". Like those others he came up short, albeit in a far more memorable fight. It was a quiet round but a round which Ortiz had the upper hand.

The WBC heavyweight champion's hopes of a future fight with Joshua are at stake when he faces Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning in NY. Ortiz still shading Wilder. He was throwing combos that knocked me off balance.

Ortiz did his best to back up Wilder during the third round. In the next round, Ortiz has allowed Wilder to recover, for that a few minutes later he was severely punished. Ortiz peeled his considerable frame off the canvas and shrugged his shoulders to suggest he was unperturbed, but he's a poor liar. But, soon afterward, Ortiz tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid; the Nevada State Athletic Commission changed his victory to "no contest" and suspended him for eight months.

"This fight is not only important for my family, but for Cuban boxing history", said Ortiz.

And Wilder, who is now unbeaten in 40 bouts, is ready to take on Joshua whenever he is ready, insisting he is the "baddest man on the planet". Wilder's chin seemed to be made out of steel because it was hard to figure how any mortal could remain standing.

"King Kong ain't got nothing on me!"

This isn't the first time Ortiz fought an established heavyweight.

Stiverne, who was Wilder's mandatory challenger, replaced Ortiz. FightNights.com had Ortiz up 85-84 before the knockout.

Watch Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz live on March 3, 2018 at 9 PM on SHOWTIME. He sees that as an easier fight potentially than the Joseph Parker fight.

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