Wilder vs Ortiz review

Maybe I should have labelled this article the late preview, I mean many reviews were done three or four days ago. I delayed my preview for one reason only, I did not enjoy the fight that’s why. I had to watch the fight three more times to see if I had missed anything when I watched it live.

Respect to Deontay Wilder for getting an impeccable knockout victory to be one of the elite heavyweights who have defended their titles ten times in a row. So, I am taking anything away from the destination, it’s the journey that I have a problem with. I was barely entertained till Wilder landed the knockout punch. I didn’t hide my dissatisfaction from the many Wilder fans I know, and I went after the CEO of the Deontay Wilder Fan Club my cousin Tawanda Les. I called his champion out on being a no-show for six rounds and only deciding to stop being backed down in the seventh round with a ruthless straight right down the pipe.

I have never witnessed a title bout with so little action and that’s putting it mildly. Ortiz didn’t look dangerous for a second even though he had Wilder on the back foot, I gave Ortiz five of the six rounds and the other one I called it a draw. But they were garbage rounds for Ortiz because he didn’t do anything but walk Wilder down and land punches as soft as wool instead of giving it a right old go!

With two minutes forty-five seconds to go in the seventh round Fox Sports provided us with statistics of the Total Punches Thrown. I was dismayed by what I saw at the bottom of my screen through six rounds (eighteen minutes) the champion had landed 23 punches for a sorry 15% conversion on punches thrown, the challenger had landed just three more punches and had a conversion that was 3% higher than his opponents.

It was hard to stay interested in that fight and the sheer desire to make sure if something happened you would see it live and as fate would have it, we didn’t have to wait much longer. The boxing gods heard our cries for the average fight to end quick and it did. This rematch was a lazy, boring and underwhelming fight.

The biggest piece of the action in the ring came when in the post-fight interview Wilder announced his plans to fight the winner of Ruiz v Joshua and unify the division. Meaning that by late next year if Wilder beats the winner of Ruiz v Joshua, when we watch Wilder v Fury 2 it would be the fight to have one undisputed head of the heavyweights.

Over to you Ruiz and Joshua please keep us entertained come 7th December 2019.

Philani Mukwakwami


Sports are a hobby horse of mine, what happens in-between the lines is just as thrilling as what happens outside of them.