Dillian Whyte targets title fight with Deontay Wilder

Why Would Wilder Fight Ortiz Now if the Risk Was Real?

While Joshua is occupied facing Joseph Parker at the end of this month, Ortiz chose to concentrate on Wilder. "It will be the biggest fight of our generation and the biggest fight of both of our careers".

Ortiz winning this fight would kill Wilder's dream of unifying the heavyweight title in 2018. I like whatever sounds good, all types of artists, I like listening to Kevin Gates, but most times I'd rather not mention it because there are so many names-you can forget names. It's a world championship, but for me it's just another day at work.

Wilder has promised to be ringside if he beats Ortiz, nicknamed "King Kong" and who has previously failed a drugs test. As a 19-year-old he took up boxing in the naïve belief that it was automatically a pathway to riches because he wanted to support his daughter who had been born with Spina Bifida. His biggest victory was a seventh-round stoppage of Bryant Jennings, a decent heavyweight, in 2015. Only Bermane Stiverne was able to go the distance in 2015, but in their rematch a year ago, Wilder knocked him out as well. Boxing being the loosely regulated sport that it is, Ortiz has basically gotten away with next-to-no punishment.

Banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide were detected, but he avoided a ban when the WBC found he took them for high blood pressure and fined him £18,497 for failing to disclose he had taken them. The 6-feet-4, 240-pound southpaw is certain Wilder hasn't fought anyone with his combination of intelligence, power and skill.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Wilder admitted boxing isn't doing enough to address doping in the sport.

"If people think you the best, then come and fight this American boy". Until he faces major league pitching, you can't make that determination. And that can only be realized by Joshua fighting and beating Wilder; not Ortiz. He forgets to punish the body, he forgets his defense, and that is risky with a counter-puncher like Ortiz.

Joshua is priced at around 12/1 to win in the 9th round, 16/1 in the 10th and 16/1 again, to win in the 11th round.

He was suspended, and Wilder went on to destroy Ortiz's replacement, Bermane Stiverne, by knockout in Round 1. Had he faced one of the Klitschko brothers, or Fury, or perhaps Joseph Parker, he'd have scoffed at Ortiz and not given the left-handed Cuban a second thought. While he says his entrance will be a first of its kind, he's more concerned with making history inside of the ropes. Yet somehow, Wilder remains an enigma, no one really knows how good he is and until he fights Anthony Joshua, that is a question that is not going to be answered. His last three scheduled opponents, Ortiz, Andrzej Wawrzyk and Alexander Povetkin, all failed drug tests before the fight, forcing promoters to scramble for a replacement fighter to face Wilder. People were very excited.

Ortiz is a bigger and more refined boxer than Szpilka.

"That was the word".

"I think they need to do something about it as somebody is going to get hurt". "He don't want that fight to happen. Well, I'm here and I'm ready for him", he said at his media workout.

And so while it's not officially a single elimination, for Wilder, it nearly is. Check your sports books closer to fight time for changes and more fights.

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