Deontay Wilder faces off against Luis Ortiz in a rematch this weekend and Betfair Ambassador David Haye predicts an explosive night...
"I know first-hand as I have sparred many, many rounds with Deontay Wilder in the past that he’s very tricky and very fast."
Smoother than the first fight
I expect Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz II to go a lot smoother than the first fight, where the champion was badly hurt in one of the rounds. Wilder certainly won't overlook Ortiz but the Cuban is a year older this time and Wilder is that much more mature. He is really settling into his game and has been adding a few extra pounds to his massive 6ft 6inch frame.
This fight will be very explosive, very fast and I just can't see Ortiz getting anything near the success he enjoyed in the first bout back in March 2018. It is much more likely Wilder is going to put on another one of his power displays. He will be patient for one or two rounds, using that long, rangy jab but when he gets that right hand off, Ortiz is going to hit the deck and hit it hard.
I know first-hand as I have sparred many, many rounds with Deontay Wilder in the past that he's very tricky and very fast. One of the qualities he has which many people are unaware of is a steeliness to him, a toughness to his work which often goes unnoticed. He also boasts a very good chin. An underrated chin, even.
He's so tall that when he gets tagged with a big shot it's clear to see because he has long legs. He has the kind of physique you would expect a good NBA player to carry. On the few occasions he has been caught clean as a professional it has looked worse than it probably is, but I can confirm he has a great chin and an even bigger heart. When the going gets tough he rises to the occasion.
Wilder to win inside three rounds
We saw that in his first fight against Ortiz. Wilder had a horrendous round that night where he was taking punishment but went back to his stool and re-grouped. He then came out and began firing back, getting himself back into the contest before going on to score the knockout.
I like Wider and if I were to train an opponent of his, my advice would be simple - try not to get hit with that dangerous right hand. My prediction for this fight is Deontay Wilder to win inside the first three rounds of the contest.
Check out the latest episode of #AfterTheBell, the Mirror Fighting podcast brought to you in association with Betfair. In this week's show, George Groves and Martin Domin look back at Lee McGregor's win over Kash Farooq and ahead to Callum Smith and Deontay Wilder's respective world title fights.