Wilder vs Ortiz 2: The Right Hand Saves The Day
To beat Deontay Wilder you need perfection and patience. With every success gained, the danger levels rise. Everything that came before can be eradicated in a split second, Luis Ortiz knows this better than most.
In Las Vegas, in the rematch very few craved, for 7 rounds Ortiz was near on perfect, but then that great equaliser hit home.
Not for the first time Wilder looked awful, unable to get into any rhythm, Ortiz dominated, and on my card had won every single round. The straight left impressively had Wilder looking confused, bewildered by the frequency it was finding its mark.
But when confidence levels rise and victory seemingly within reach, against Wilder the chances of defeat nears.
In that fateful 7th round, there were signs that Wilder was finally getting into the fight. But despite that embryonic success from Wilder, Ortiz was on the verge of adding yet another round to his collection, and then his night suddenly ended.
A brutal right hand landed flush, one punch and his WBC world heavyweight title was saved when it looked in real danger.
Wilder has his critics, but he always seems to find a way, his frightening power tends to make everything else irrelevant. You watch and you dare not take your eyes off the spectacle, you just know something is about to happen.
Tyson Fury is next, a much more anticipated rematch set for February that could be a mirror image of what we saw in Las Vegas last night, Fury will hope the ending plays out a little differently.
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