Deontay Wilder faces Luis Ortiz in their much anticipated rematch. Wilder’s record currently stands at 41-0 with 40 wins by knockout and Ortiz has a record of 31-1 with his only loss coming to Deontay Wilder in their first fight. After that Wilder has faced Tyson Fury and Dominic Breazeale and while he struggled with Fury he showed in his fight against Breazeale that he actually still is improving technically. His 1-2 which has been incredible his whole career is getting better and better and it looks like the timing of it has improved significantly. Luis Ortiz did very well with Wilder when they fought and we have to remember that Luis Ortiz is very skilled technically. He had a long amateur career and he knows what he is doing in the ring. Had the 7th round been a minute longer in their first fight, he would have had an excellent chance of stopping Wilder as the champion was in big trouble. The problem for Ortiz is that he was old already in their first fight and he did get knocked out. After that fight he has looked deteriorated and not the same. In his last 2 fights against Travis Kaufmann and Christian Hammer, he has not looked very impressive and it looks like his age has finally caught up to him. The tricky part after saying all of this is that for some reason Ortiz at 41 years of age looks better physically than he has his whole professional career which makes you wonder how that is possible
The fact of the matter remains; Ortiz had his shot the first time around and it just wasn’t meant to be. Now he is older and Wilder is still in his prime and possibly even better technically than their last meeting. This fight ends the same way as the first one with Wilder winning by stoppage but possibly much faster.
The Pick: Deontay Wilder by ko/tko
Odds: -300 (1.33 decimal odds)
Start time: 10pm ET / 7pm PT