Three years ago today, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder landed a huge shot on Cuban Luis Ortiz to win their second clash.
Wilder Ortiz II was the rematch in which Wilder was defending his WBC heavyweight title a year and a half after defeating Ortiz in their first bout.
Ortiz took Wilder to the seventh round before he was defeated by knockout with an enormous right-handed strike.
Deontay Wilder lands monster KO on Luis Ortiz
Fans were left speechless after 107kg, 6ft 4in Ortiz was floored at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas three years ago to the day.
The American is known for his explosive punching power, having knocked out every single opponent he has defeated in his boxing career.
After their first fight, in March 2018 where Ortiz was defeated in the 10th round via TKO, Wilder went on to box Tyson Fury in December later that year.
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The first bout between Fury and Wilder ended in a split-decision draw after ‘The Gypsy King’ miraculously got back to his feet after being knocked down twice.
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Following Wilder Ortiz II, Fury defeated Wilder twice in 2020 and 2021, with the latter being dubbed one of the greatest heavyweight boxing bouts in history.
Wilder’s last fight, in October of this year, saw him return to winning ways with a first-round knockout of former sparring partner, Swedish Robert Helenius.
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A victory was essential following the previous two defeats to Fury, and it certainly seemed as though he had not lost his explosive power at the Barclays Centre in New York.
The 37-year-old American’s next fight is a hot topic of debate amongst boxing fans and journalists.
Wilder’s camp have reportedly stated the Alabama-born heavyweight will make a return to the ring in March or April of 2023.
Video: Ringside footage of Deontay Wilder’s massive KO of Luis Ortiz
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Many have suggested Anthony Joshua would be a fantastic fit for Wilder, with both boxers capable of delivering a knock-out blow.
Indeed, boxing industry expert and highly-connected journalist, Dan Rafael, recently reported that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been in contact with Wilder’s camp over a potential heavyweight clash in the near future.
It is also rumoured to be in Tyson Fury’s plans for a fourth fight in the coming years.
What next for Deontay Wilder?
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 15: Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking out Robert Helenius in the first round during their WBC world heavyweight title eliminator bout at Barclays Center on October 15, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Other bouts that fans have suggested for Wilder include Andy Ruiz who coincidentally beat Ortiz in September of this year.
Perhaps most likely is Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who boosted his reputation with a second victory over Joshua in August earlier in the year.
Usyk has publicly confirmed his desire for a unification bout with Tyson Fury and defeating Wilder along the way could be a great way of getting the chance to face Fury in the near future.
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