Deontay Wilder escapes KO, then KOs Luis Ortiz in the 10th round

Deontay Wilder, nearly knocked out and out on his feet in the seventh round, held on for dear life, then came back three rounds later and knocked out Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz with an onslaught of powerful right hands Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title and remain undefeated at 40-0 (39 KOs).

Ortiz, 38, suffered the first loss of his career, as his record fell to 28-1 (24 KOs). 

Wilder agreed that this was the signature victory of his career he badly needed.

“Most definitely,” Wilder said. “Luis Ortiz was a champion that everyone ducked. I wondered why it took him so long to get a title shot, and we know the reason why now.

“He put up a great fight, he was a great contender and my hat goes off to him. Me and him had a lot in common. His daughter suffered with something and my daughter suffered with something. Two fathers in the ring fighting for our daughters. You don’t get no better than that.”

Ortiz was disappointed but knew how dangerous Wilder could be.


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