Wilder vs Ortiz 2 : Fight Card Boxing Heavyweight World Champ Deontay Wilder defends his WBC belt in a highly-anticipated title rematch against Cuban contender Luis Ortiz on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.
Wilder vs Ortiz 2, Watch Wilder vs Ortiz 2 Live Stream Full Fight Boxing Rematch WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face Luis Ortiz in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
When the opening bell rings for the Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz rematch on Saturday night, not many people believe Ortiz can pull off the upset. But Ortiz, of course, should not be taken lightly.
After all, he had Wilder in massive trouble in their first fight last year, and though he’s 40 years old, he still has plenty of power and technical skills. He also looks to be in tremendous shape, and he weighed in at 236.5 pounds, his lowest weight in four years (Wilder was 219.5).
But Wilder has also shown improvement in the past 20 months, and he continues to be confident that he’s the best heavyweight in the world.
“This is a great card with great champions and fighters up here,” Wilder said. “What more could you ask for?”
There are plenty of reasons why you should watch Wilder vs. Ortiz on Fox’s PPV telecast on Saturday night. Here are three of them.
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1) Ortiz is hungering for redemption: It bothers Ortiz that he missed an opportunity to end the first fight in the seventh round and that he ended up on the canvas in the 10th with the referee signaling that the bout was over. So, Ortiz has come to town in what appears to be great shape and with a solid gameplan. “I think the best thing that was going our way was him boxing—getting behind a good jab, and just beating him to the punch and not allowing Wilder to just get crazy with his antics and come out swinging wailing away,” Ortiz’s trainer Herman Caicedo said, referring to their first meeting. “So I think just being a little bit better on the technical side and on the basics.” But Wilder’s occasional lack of technical skills will be dangerous. Said Caicedo: “It’s very difficult with [Wilder] sometimes because he’ll spin around and hit you with a back fist so it’s like you never know what could happen.”
2) Wilder is a better boxer than you think: No, he’ll never have the technical skills of Joe Louis, or, if you need a modern example, Tyson Fury. But Wilder has better boxing prowess than you might think. After all, look at how well he unleashes his jab.
On the Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz II weigh-ins, Nery came in at 119 pounds, one pound over the bantamweight limit of 118 pounds. That fight was supposed to kick off the pay-per-view event from Las Vegas.
After being given an hour by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to shed the extra pound, Nery elected to try and negotiate a deal to give Rodriguez more money to keep the fight on. That deal would have included a rehydration clause that wouldn’t limited how much Nery could gain by the next morning. Instead, Rodriguez’s team refused the deal and so the bout was ultimately scrapped.
This isn’t the first time that Nery has missed weight as a bantamweight. In 2018, Nery missed weight before a WBC title defense against Shinsuke Yamanaka. Nery was stripped of the WBC title and had to work his way back to get another title opportunity. Heading into the fight, Nery was all but assured a chance to fight Nordine Oubaali for the WBC title, but this latest transgression could potentially put that potential title shot in jeopardy.
In its place is a super featherweight bout between Leduan Barthelemy and Eduardo Ramirez that was originally scheduled to be on the FS2 prelims.
In other Wilder vs. Ortiz weigh-in related news, Julio Ceja also missed weight for his WBA “Regular” super bantamweight title fight against Brandon Figueroa. While Figueroa did make weight, Ceja initially came in at 126.5 pounds, which isn’t over the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds, he was over the featherweight limit of 126 pounds.
Undefeated Wilder wants to crown an undisputed champion in 2020 and exclusively told Sky Sports: “I prefer Ruiz Jr to win because we’re in the same stable. If he wins, we have the opportunity to unify the division. We finally have the opportunity to have one champion, one face, one name.
“If Joshua wins, I don’t think that’s going to be. He has stated that he has no interest in me.
“I really believe Andy will do it again. A lot of red flags have alerted me. If that same mindset and momentum go into the second fight, Ruiz Jr will win easily.
“I want a unification. The heavyweight division is too small to have so many champions. I understand that in the lower weight classes. But the heavyweight division is all about the big boys, all about the power. This is a special division.
“They say: ‘wherever the heavyweight division goes, so does the sport of boxing’.
“I believe that, and that’s why we need one champion.
“If I have another fighter that is willing to put his belt on the line with mine, then that’s what I want.”
Wilder came through a difficult seventh round to knock out Ortiz in their first fight last year. Victory in this weekend’s rematch is expected to set up a second fight with Tyson Fury in 2020, after they first battled to a draw.
“I’m strong-willed – I speak it, believe it, receive it,” Wilder said. “The law of attraction – what you think, what you speak will come to you. When you understand this law and how it works, you won’t doubt yourself.
“I want to give people the best fights possible and that’s why I’m going in again with Luis Ortiz. I’m risking millions [of pounds]. I’m risking everything to fight a dangerous guy in Luis Ortiz. That tells you my demeanour, my character, what I’m trying to do, and where I’m trying to go.”