Wilder was seeking the best available fight, and the 32-year-old from Alabama indicated that he related to Ortiz, the 38-year-old father now living in Miami, because they both have a daughter with a serious health issue. Joshua and Wilder are unquestionably the two best, most explosive Heavyweights on the planet, and the victor of their inevitable meeting will settle one of boxing's biggest scores.
If one thing is for certain, a showdown between Wilder and Joshua is one all fight fans want to see.
The brash slugger made the seventh defense of his WBC title and needed to walk through hell to get there as Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) outboxed him early before battering Wilder in a wild Round 7 that saw the champion lucky to make the final bell. The American World Boxing Council heavyweight champion once challenged a man who had insulted his daughter, Naieya, who has spina bifida, to spar with him at his gym.
When asked about a potential Joshua bout, he said:"I'm ready now. I just had to get my reins back". "This is going to be a huge fight and I hope the big fights keep coming". Most of these fighters get into superstitious stuff instead of believing in themselves'.
Wilder's belief was incredible.
Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder remained undefeated on Saturday night (March 3) and retained his WBC title, after knocking out Luis Ortiz. "We knew we had to wear him down", Wilder said. Joshua and Wilder would both be correctly favored over any other heavyweight in the division now, but is it a risk the stakeholders want to continually take while fans are craving this heavyweight superfight, especially given the vulnerability both men have shown recently?More news: Nashville Mayor Resigns After Felony Sex Scandal
Wilder had always said Ortiz, unbeaten himself, was far and away his biggest test and so it proved, the Cuban making a bright start with the champion looking as nervous as he was focused.
"My goal is to unify and I'm ready whenever they are".
Round Three - Smattering of boos as both men continue to show great respect to the other's power and fight cautiously. It would also be foolish and I'm beginning to think that nice-guy Wilder is a boxing fool. Wilder appeared gun shy as Ortiz continually countered off his jab.
"Joshua is Annabelle and he is pumping that milk out of there, as much as he can, trying to make that money from his man until the time comes".
But they might have been a touch nervous after a cagey first round which the challenger Ortiz nicked on the scorecards. But overcoming a crisis before clinching victory will be good for Wilder, just as Joshua peeled himself off the canvas to halt Wladimir Klitschko in April previous year. Wilder had already thrown Ortiz to the canvas following an exchange before shortly landing a left hook dropping Ortiz to the canvas for the second time in the contest leaving Ortiz visably shook up and hurt. A lot of people have been avoiding him even champions that are champions to this day have avoided Luis Ortiz.