Personally, I was embarrassed for "B.WARE" in his woeful performance and it must have taken a bit of the shine off the achievement of becoming a heavyweight world champion for Wilder when he won.
By the fifth, Wilder finally found Ortiz with a right hand across the face which sent the Cuban to the canvas just before the end of the round. Will a victory be enough to silence his critics?
A tentative start saw Wilder seemingly struggle to let off his attacks as Ortiz calm negated the American around the ring, just jabbing away with a few left hooks and straights to head and body. According to CompuBox, Wilder landed 98 of 346 total punches (28 percent) while Ortiz landed 87 of 363 (24 percent). Not only are both titleholders unsafe when hurt, but both have the heart to be especially risky in the following rounds, making it increasingly hard to count either man out. His previously slated fight with Wilder was canceled because he failed his second drug test in three years.
The 32 year old extended his career stats to 40 fights unbeaten, with 39 of those victories coming via knockout. This is heavyweight boxing and he caught me with a great shot.
I can't foresee Wilder being tentative in this fight, so I can see some serious shots being exchanged.
It wasn't pretty at times nor was it always entertaining, but Wilder rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations against his toughest opposition to date. The crowd was restless and rightly so - Joshua would have feasted on Ortiz, broken the Cuban's heart with boxing sense and acquired science. The fight will be held at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, and televised by Showtime, and it is created to be a showcase for Wilder.
He remained in orbit for much of the eighth, too, but was gifted an extra 20-odd seconds' recovery time at its advent due to an untied lace.
"True champions always find a way to come back and that's what I did", Wilder said of getting past his mid-fight wobbles where he was clearly hanging on. "For that reason, I wanted him".
"This was a signature win against Luis Ortiz who everyone in the division has ducked. But this champion right here took on the opportunity". "He's not really looking at it as, O.K., I'm rewarding this guy for his malfeasance in the past", DiBella said, in the same interview.
As for Ortiz, there are questions as to whether or not the 38-year-old remains as risky as he once was.
"If he beats Joseph Parker then he just needs one more belt". A devastating loss and he will take a deep dive in the rankings, although the heavyweight division is the one weight class where guys march on into their forties.
"The plan is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world". In this sport, any punch can end a fight. He even signed to go to Moscow to fight unsafe mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in May 2016, only to have the fight canceled when Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance. Showtime will televise the fight at the Barclays Center in New York City at 8 Central.
There are a ton of question marks, which is a lot of what makes this matchup so salivating.