I’d love to fight Luis Ortiz: Deontay Wilder

By Daily Sports on August 12, 2017

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay has little interest in fighting British promoter Eddie Hearn’s fighter Dillian Whyte. Instead, Wilder wants to face unbeaten #1 WBA contender Luis Ortiz, mainly because he’s so highly feared in the boxing world and is viewed as the “Boogeyman” by many.

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) wants to test himself against the so-called best in the heavyweight division. He also wants to fight Hearn’s flagship fighter Anthony Joshua as soon as he’s freed up from his obligations in defending against mandatory challengers Kubrat Pulev and Luis Ortiz, which could come in back to back fights.

The 38-year-old Ortiz likely won’t accept the offer from the 6’7” Deontay, because he’s got a chance to fight Joshua once he gets past Pulev in November or December.

Ortiz would be taking a big risk in facing Wilder, and the chances are he would be knocked out by him. That would spoil his title shot against Joshua, which figures to give him an excellent payday due to the PPV money from Sky Box Office.

“My coming back, I would love to have the Ortiz fight,”

“I would love to have that and get that going. I’m the one that’s calling him out. I’m the one that wants to see him in that ring, and I do mean soon. If you’re the ‘Boogeyman’ of the sport, if people are scared to fight you, let me tell you who ain’t.”

The 38-year-old Ortiz hasn’t fought in 2017. He’s been out of action since his 7th round knockout win over British domestic level heavyweight David Allen on December 10 last year. It’s unclear if Ortiz is going to sit around and wait until he gets his shot against Joshua in 2018.

“I’m a dangerous fighter to anybody that steps in the ring, because I have two things you can’t teach, and that’s explosive power and awkwardness,” said Wilder.

•Photo shows Deontay Wilder.

Source Daily Sports

Posted August 12, 2017


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