Heading into his rematch with the dangerous Luis Ortiz, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder wanted to win more convincingly and establish himself as the best figher in the division. The rematch started out much like the first fight, with a better conditioned Luis Ortiz boxing well and having his moments early. Unfortunately for Ortiz much like their first fight, WIlder’s power proved to be the difference. In the 7th round of their title bout, WIlder snuck his signature right hand between Ortiz’s guard and dropped him for the count. This was Wilder’s second one punch knockout since his controversial draw with Tyson Fury, and his 41st knockout in 42 wins!
As Wilder continues to impress as one of the hardest hitting champions in heavyweight history, his place among heavy greats is increasing coming into question. Considered brash by many of his critics for comments about being able to knock out Mike Tyson in his prime as well as his braggadocious personality; with each fight Deontay WIlder is proving to be as good as he says he is. Holding the WBC title since 2015, Deontay Wilder is already one of the longest reigning champions in US history (passing the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield). He also continues to add to the highest knockout percentage in heavyweight history wIth each fight. Already the most successful American heavyweight champion since Evander Holyfield, with each victory Deontay Wilder continues to make the case that he is a special champion, even if not every one in the boxing public is ready to admit it.
Ultimately boxers settle debates about their merits as a fighter by getting in the ring with top competiton. If Wilder doesn’t get his desired rematch against “lineal” champion Tyson Fury, who has appeared to be more interested in wresting than settling his draw with the WBC champion. The only two fighters who stand in way of the WBC champion and heavyweight supremacy are unified WBA, IBF, and IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz who will battle popular ex-champion Anthony Joshua in a rematch in December. The boxing world can only hope that the winner of their fight will face Deontay Wilder and give the heavyweight division it’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis retired in 2004. Until then Wilder should enjoy his victory over Luis Ortiz, having now defended his WBC title for the 10th consecutive time, he is officially tied with Muhammad Ali for 5th place on the all time list (passing other legendary champions like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Jack Johnson).