Heavyweight WBC champ Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) has agreed to a rematch with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs). The fight date and venue are to be determined, but rumor has it that the fight will take place in September. Rumors of this rematch have been swirling since Ortiz turned down a career high payday ($7 million) as a replacement vs Anthony Joshua, who was dethroned this past weekend by Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22KOs) in what many are calling the biggest upset in boxing since Mike Tyson was KO’d by James “Buster” Douglas in 1990.
Wilder views this fight as him taking care of unfinished business. Knocking an old Ortiz out the first time must have not been good enough by his standards. Dominating a now 40 year old Ortiz will surely prove something.
Their first fight was action packed, with Ortiz hurting Wilder with a left in the 7th round. Wilder survived the round, fought back and avoided damage in the 8th and 9th, and put an exhausted Ortiz out in the 10th round. It’s hard to see a different outcome with Ortiz only being older and even less likely to pull off an upset.
Many feel Ortiz was up comfortably on the cards when he was knocked out. So Wilder looks at it as “controversial” and wants to set the record straight. If Ortiz were younger, it’d be a lot more interesting, but father time always seems to win in these scenarios and Wilder, being in the heart of his prime isn’t proving anything with a win or even dominating win here.
Everyone wanted to see Wilder fight Anthony Joshua. Now, boxing fans will have to wait an indefinite amount of time, as AJ will need to reclaim his titles first from Ruiz Jr., fight perhaps one or two other credible opponents and win convincingly to rebuild the hype and anticipation that existed before this past Saturday . Other rumors are out that Wilder plans on fighting Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (19-0, 15KOs) after Ortiz.
One would imagine that Wilder’s power is not going anywhere and if he can manage to polish his defensive technique, it should roll through his Ortiz and Kownacki, and ultimately set up a rematch with Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs). We will have to wait and see. After the shocker this past weekend, no boxer should put the cart before the horse.