By Mark Elezaj
WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs), announced Tuesday that his next fight will be a rematch with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO).
Wilder announced the news himself via his social media.
“To all my fans, I want to announce that Luis Ortiz and I have signed for a rematch, with the date and site to be announced shortly,” Wilder wrote. “All my controversial fights Must get dealt with ASAP!!”
According to sources, the rematch is expected to take place in September at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be shown on Pay-Per-View.
Wilder first met Ortiz back on March 3, 2018, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout started off slow but picked up and became an action-packed, fight of the year candidate.
In the fifth round, Wilder dropped Ortiz with a right hand.
Ortiz recovered and answered back with a huge seventh round, pushing the action and attacking Wilder, landing clean, hard punches that almost knocked Wilder out. Wilder was able to make it out of the round having survived Ortiz’s power punches.
The New York State Athletic Commission delayed the start of the eighth round to see if Wilder, who looked hurt as he walked out of his corner, was fine. Many fans felt this delay helped Wilder regain his composure heading into the round.
In the 10th round, Wilder was able to knock Ortiz down for the second time in the fight. Ortiz was able to stand up and continue but Wilder jumped on his wounded opponent and finished him off with a right uppercut that dropped Ortiz to the floor.
Since his loss to Wilder, Ortiz, has won three fights in a row.
After Wilders knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale earlier this month, Ortiz confronted him in the ring.
Wilder co-manager Shelly Finkel spoke with ESPN:
“I expect it to be a hell of a fight again…”
“This guy is very dangerous. He’s a big puncher.”
Jay Deas, Wilder’s trainer and co-manager, told ESPN:
“I think that Ortiz was one of the most avoided guys in the division. They called him the bogeyman and Deontay was the only guy who actively sought him out.”
“Ortiz thought he would get a lot of opportunities for a big fight based on his performance against Deontay but he didn’t. He became more avoided. I commend Deontay for once again wanting to fight the guy nobody wants to fight.”
“It was a challenge the first time. He’s technically so good and punches very hard and he has a wealth of experience. We got the job done with a less-than-ideal camp. Deontay was under the weather going into the fight. So I feel really good about the rematch. I think it’s a great fight and a great fight for the fans.”
The rematch will be Wilders 10th title defense.
~ The Fighting Voice ~