Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 LIVE
- Deontay Wilder scores seventh-round stoppage
- Wilder called out Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua
- Ortiz won every moment of the fight before the stoppage
- Wilder will now rematch Fury in February next year
More on the stoppage
Wilder had lost every second of the fight before that moment in the seventh.
He waited until the exact moment Ortiz left his chin unguarded, before launching a straight right hand at Ortiz’s chin.
The Cuban crashed to the canvas and was clearly not going to get up, as he laid flat on his back with his legs buckled.
Deontay Wilder cleaned out Luis Ortiz with his first meaningful punch of the night
DEONTAY WILDER KNOCKS OUT LUIS ORTIZ
Deontay Wilder has knocked out Luis Ortiz with his first meaningful punch of the fight.
Wilder was losing the fight convincingly before landing the straight right hand on Ortiz’s chin, sending him crumbling to the canvas.
The American was clearly looking for the opening throughout the fight, and took full advantage when the opportunity presented itself.
After the first half of the fight, Wilder has it all to do.
The Cuban is using his footwork to get in the right positions to land on Wilder, and doesn’t seem scared of what can come back from the champ.
Again Ortiz pushes Wilder back with a straight left hand before the end of the round.
Deontay Wilder still hasn’t let the right hand go, but he’s clearly looking for the opening and waiting rather than rushing in.
The champion knows what’s at stake – a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury – and is boxing like a man with it all to lose.
Ortiz remains the more confident and comfortable boxer, and continues to push the champion back towards the ropes before Wilder attempts to let his hands go – again he stops once a shot comes back from the Cuban.
Ortiz again backs Wilder up to the ropes and launches heavy punches at him.
Wilder shakes his head and beats his chest to show he’s not hurt but he certainly isn’t comfortable.
The Bronze Bomber launched a good straight right hand towards the end of the round, but Ortiz remains nonplussed.
Ortiz still appears to be the aggressor of the two, landing a nice jab to the body which pushed Wilder back.
The heavy-hitting Wilder is backing up and looking for the straight right hand which has served him so well through his career.
Wilder appears more than happy to let Ortiz walk him down if it means he can find the opening for his power punches.
Both men circle the ring in the second round, seemingly well aware of the power the other possesses.
Ortiz backs Wilder up against the ropes – the same place he had success in the first fight.
The champion boxes out of the corner and establishes the centre of the ring.
Ortiz looks for Wilder from the opening bell, clearly the aggressor of the two.
Wilder seemed happy to let ‘King Kong’ come to him in order to catch him on the counter.
Neither fighter is able to land anything too significant, but both used the opener to gauge the range between the two.
05:00am UPDATE: Here we go!
The fighters have made their way to the ring, and we’re ready to go.
Ortiz is wearing white trunks, while Wilder made his way to the ring donned in a gold and diamond mask and a truly bizarre outfit that resembled that of a pokemon rather than a boxer.
We’re all in position ready to go with the first bell.
Deontay Wilder wore an outfit resembling a pokemon to the ring
04.35am UPDATE: Mike Tyson is in the house
Tonight’s fight has caught the imagination of the boxing world, and all the stars are out.
Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson has arrived at the MGM Grand to watch from front row, as he looks to see if Deontay Wilder can defend the WBC belt he used to hold.
Wilder and Ortiz should be in the ring before 5am UK time, as Leo Santa Cruz’s fight enters the latter rounds.
Both fighters are gloved up in their dressing rooms, and Wilder was shown on the big screen slamming the pads with his head coach.
Mike Tyson has arrived at ringside
04:20am UPDATE: Carl Frampton gives his prediction
Carl Frampton has predicted Deontay Wilder will knock out Luis Ortiz quicker than he did last March.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ stopped ‘King Kong’ in the 11th round last time out, but Frampton is confident the WBC king will retain his belt in style.
“It’s a fight where I don’t think it’ll go 12 rounds, either man can knock the other out,” he said.
“I’m picking Wilder to do it quicker than he did last time.
“I think Wilder tonight, I fancy him strongly.”
Brandon Figueroa’s bout against Julio Ceja ended in a draw
03.45am UPDATE: Wilder is ready
Despite having another world title fight before he takes to the ring, Deontay Wilder is in the building at the MGM Grand and looks ready.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has wrapped his hands already and is looking calm and composed in the dressing room.
He has received his instructions from referee Kenny Bayless ahead of the bout.
Deontay Wilder is ready
03.00am UPDATE: Undercard results
Eduardo Ramirez has knocked out Leduan Barthelemy in the fourth round of their fight on the undercard.
We’re still expecting the main event at 4.30, but here’s a rundown of the other fights to come tonight.
- Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz [WBC heavyweight world title]
- Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores [WBA super-featherweight world title]
- Brandon Figueroa vs Julio Ceja [WBA super-bantamweight world title]
02:30am UPDATE: Wilder promises fireworks
Deontay Wilder has promised a different performance to his bout against Ortiz last year.
The WBC king told fans to expect a knockout, despite
“This time he knows what it’s going to be, he knows what happened the first time and what will happen the second time. He looked good though,” Wilder said.
“On Saturday night, I will have no mercy for him when I’m ready to do what I do. We know what’s coming but we don’t know when it’s coming. When it does, bang, goodnight! Don’t blink, it’s going to be an amazing fight.”
Deontay Wilder has promised to knock out Luis Ortiz
02.00am UPDATE: Hello and welcome
Good morning and welcome to our coverage of Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight world title defence against Luis Ortiz.
Wilder is risking his rematch with Tyson Fury by taking on Cuban southpaw Ortiz for a second time.
The pair met last March, with the American winning with a late stoppage.
Ortiz had Wilder rocked on that occasion, though, and fans are keen to see if he can have more success tonight.
We’re expecting the main event to get underway around 4.30am, but we will be providing updates throughout the night.
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