In the seventh, Ortiz attacked, this time getting Wilder with some punches.
As we wait for Anthony Joshua to unify the division against Joseph Parker later this month, there are plenty of appealing options for Wilder or the Joshua-Parker victor to choose from while promoters allow Joshua-Wilder to "marinate". Wilder turned the tide towards the end of the fifth round by successfully knocking down Ortiz. Only Bermane Stiverne in January 2015 has taken him the distance in the professional ranks.
Well, yeah - Wilder certainly took his share of them. Once Wilder started landing a succession of clubbing hooks in round 10, victory was his.
Wilder felt that was his recipe for taking his record to 40-0 with 39 KOs by finishing off the previously unbeaten Ortiz. Sensing he had Ortiz in trouble, Wilder bolted forward and landed another right to the side of Ortiz's head that put him down on the canvas.
Wilder is looking at a matchup with fellow champion Joshua - as soon as possible. I have knocked every opponent out for a reason. At the time of the knockout, Fightful had Ortiz winning 87-83 while all three judges at ringside had Wilder winning 85-84.
"I'm ready right now", Wilder said.
According to DiBella, Wilder's promoter, Wilder insisted on fighting Ortiz-a unsafe opponent, and possibly an undeserving one-because he loves competition. It makes him entertaining but so vulnerable. "But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm". "I'm going to win and I'm going to take his belt".
Joshua and Parker face-off at the pre-fight presser.
More importantly, there has never been a Cuban heavyweight champion and Ortiz could make history. Like those others he came up short, albeit in a far more memorable fight. Trying to secure another world title shot, at the age of 38, looks hard especially with only two titleholders and no ranking to force mandatory defence.
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Wilder also reiterated that is ready to fight the aforementioned Joshua, who is slated to defend his titles against WBO champion Joseph Parker on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
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"He was hitting me with those furious punches but they didn't have sting on them", he continued.
"I nearly had him and I think I would've if there were a few more seconds in the round", Ortiz said. "This solidified my position at the top of the food chain", Wilder said.
Did you watch that heavyweight title fight last night on Showtime? Wladimir lost. You know, he lost that fight.
Wilder vs Joshua would be a giant event for the sport.
"This fight is not only important for my family, but for Cuban boxing history", said Ortiz.
"He was coming off almost a two-year lay-off".
Still, Ortiz showed good allround skills and dominated much of the fight, controlling the rhythm and flow while racking up regular points, giving the feel that Wilder might need a knockout to win. And it cost him in the 7th.