It's the rematch before the rematch as Wilder faces Ortiz. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects more of the same from Bronze Bomber...
"we have seen time and again the champion possesses the power to turn a fight in his favour."
Boxing double header
Fight fans have a fascinating boxing double header to look forward to this weekend. Callum Smith is expected to continue his winning ways when taking on John Ryder in Liverpool before attentions switch stateside for Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz.
The latter serves as the latest defence of The Bronze Bomber's WBC world heavyweight title, but it's also billed as the American's final outing before renewing rivalries with unbeaten Englishman Tyson Fury. That's the rematch fans have been crying out for since the pair were involved in a thrill-a-minute draw last December.
Wilder stopped Ortiz in 10
Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz is another rematch, of course. The heavyweight pair met back in March 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The champion overcame a rocky start that night to defend his title with a stunning 10th round TKO. Ortiz was sent to the canvas in round five and then again twice in round 10 before referee David Fields called time for the beaten man's own safety.
Following that win over Ortiz, Wilder went on to box out that memorable draw with Tyson Fury. The American was well behind on the scorecards that night but pulled a level finish from the jaws of defeat. Wilder downed Fury in round nine and then heavily in the final three minutes. The latter knockdown looked enough to finish Tyson, but the challenger rose to his feet in a scene that proved the former champion is back to his best.
Ortiz has reason to be confident
Casual followers of the sport may ask why Luis Ortiz is back in with Deontay Wilder after losing so convincingly last time. A man who is knocked out by a champion with a 95% KO average isn't usually too keen to force the rematch, but Team Ortiz have cause to believe they will get it right at the second time of asking.
The reason for that is the 6ft 4inch Cuban was competitive on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. Each of the three judges sat at ringside had Wilder one point ahead with Luis seemingly turning the tide against a man who doesn't have too much experience going 12 rounds. If he could have stayed on his feet many believe the challenger would have asked serious questions of the scorers. In the end he proved nothing more than another stat on his opponent's record.
Back Bomber to detonate
The general feeling is this rematch will go the same way as the first bout with Deontay Wilder scoring another win and setting up a 2020 clash with Tyson Fury, if the latter can be pulled away from his new career in WWE, of course. The Betfair Sportsbook has Wilder priced as a 1/5 jolly against the 4/1 of Ortiz and 33/1 for a draw.
It's true, Wilder looked to be struggling on the cards late in the first bout, but we have seen time and again the champion possesses the power to turn a fight in his favour. He did just that against Tyson Fury, knocking his man down twice in the last few rounds. Wilder by KO/TKO is 1/3 but a better bet looks to be in the round group market. Wilder in rounds 9-12 is 5/1 on the Sportsbook.
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.