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Luis Ortiz has cleared the way for another Deontay Wilder title match attempt with a second-round KO over Daniel Martz.

Although Ortiz came into the ring equaling a career-high weight of 242, he had no issues dominating the inside action against the towering 6’7, 260-pound Martz. The journeyman first went down from a left uppercut to the body, and for good in the same round off a counter straight left.

Ortiz immediately had words for Wilder, who was on ringside commentary. The WBC title-holder entered the ring and vowed to give Ortiz another title opportunity Their first attempt in November was canceled after Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. He was fined $25,000 and banned for one year by the WBA.


As speculated, the public barbs between Wilder and Joshua are for show. Neither fighter is in a hurry to make the fight when they can face lesser opponents and build to a bigger showdown in late 2018-early 2019. And while Joshua’s path until that fight is easier on paper (Parker, Fury), Wilder taking a loss against Ortiz is a legit possibility.

Despite this, Wilder is doing the right thing. He desperately needs high-level opposition to prepare him for Joshua. A fight against Ortiz does that way more than beating up on someone like Dominic Breazeale (who Joshua has already KO’d). And with Ortiz being 38 years old and having less than two rounds of action in the last year, the time for Wilder to strike is now.



Wilder vs Stiverne 2 - November 4_ 2017_11_04_2017_Fight_Ryan Hafey _ Premier Boxing Champions

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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder said before last night’s rematch he feared for Bermane Stiverne’s life. Two minutes and 59 seconds later, we found out why as Stiverne failed to land a single punch and was on the receiving end of three knockdowns before being left motionless at the Barclays Center.

At 39 years old and having not fought in two years, most weren’t expecting much from Stiverne. Wilder wisely pounced on him early, showing a sharp jab. As Stiverne tried to plod in, his guard was split by an accurate straight right that put the former titlist on the seat of his pants. Any semblance of fighting spirit left Stiverne as he vainly claimed it was a rabbit punch. Wilder taunted him with a statue pose before unleashing two haymaker left and right hooks for another knockdown seconds later.

With under 10 seconds left, Wilder landing a sliding right hook and two left hooks that put Stiverne out cold against the bottom of the ropes.

Wilder’s win now gives him the distinction of knocking out every man he’s ever faced. In the post-fight interview, he challenged Anthony Joshua, who he accused of using performing enhancing drugs. Wilder also rebuffed the public offer from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, who want him to face Dillian Whyte to earn a Joshua unification.Wilder did acquiesce that he would be willing to travel to the UK for Joshua.

Last night’s knockout was Wilder’s sixth successful defense of the WBC heavyweight title.


A good knockout can make you forget the details. Stiverne was a dead man walking the minute this fight was announced. Shopworn, 39 years old, and inactive for two years (and in his last fight, was dropped), Stiverne was facing a man in Wilder at the peak of his physical powers and it showed quickly.

But the fact Wilder scored a huge KO, and Joshua seemed to “struggle” a week ago vs. Carlos Takam, has led some to claim not only will Wilder win, but that AJ is ducking the American champion.

When comparing resumes, Joshua holds the clear advantage. If Wladimir Klitschko was washed up, then Stiverne was the walking dead. And even more ironic is that Wilder’s next opponent is likely Dominic Breazeale, a man Joshua easily knocked out in seven rounds last year.

Now make no mistake, the fight needs to happen to unify the division. But Wilder has to realize he has zero leverage. Last night’s win was not even a sellout, while Joshua easily filled and set an indoor boxing record of over 70,000 with a replacement opponent in Takam. Much like Canelo-GGG, Joshua has all the cards and can delay the fight or have Wilder jump through as many hoops as he pleases.

Don’t expect this fight to happen until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest.



Check out the live stream of today’s weigh-in for the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. The event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and airs on Showtime Saturday night (November 4).  Wilder is making the sixth defense of the WBC title he won from Stiverne two years ago. Stiverne, who hasn’t fought since 2015, is looking for revenge and redemption after claims of dehydration from the first bout.


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WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder used a sneaky right hand to erase a growing deficit and score a come from behind knockout of Gerald Washington.

The prevailing narrative before last night was that Washington, a former football player with limited experience at the elite level, wouldn’t be able to hang with a nine-year veteran like Wilder. But for the majority of the five rounds this lasted, it was Wilder who look indecisive and unable to deal with Washington’s offense. Washington outboxed Wilder by pushing him back with jabs and landing short power shots before clinches. The strategy had Wilder reluctant to get off first and dropping the first four rounds.

Lucky for Wilder, his immense power remains the equalizer. One short right hand dumped Washington on the canvas. He beat the count and was hit with a few more clean shots to force a debatable stoppage.

This was Wilder’s comeback fight from right hand and bicep surgery, so he’s entitled to a pass. However, there should be no more wasted time against no-hopers. Nine years in and having a competitive record comparable to Anthony Joshua is not a good look. The alleged plan of unifying with WBO titlist Joseph Parker and then against the winner of Klitschko-Joshua needs to be executed with no excuses.




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WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder met with the media today in NYC to promote his February 25 title defense against undefeated prospect Gerald Washington. Wilder spoke on a myriad of topics that included Washington’s chances, last year’s dominant KO wins over Artur Szpilka and Chris Arreola, and the desire for a big unification matchup before year’s end.

Wilder vs. Washington airs live February 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
There are a lot of heavyweights who say they want me, but at the end of the day, do they really want this? Everybody knows that Deontay Wilder comes with power.
I fight for the people, that’s what I’m all about. I like to give the fans a great fight at a reasonable price. Each fight I’m in I’m always exciting and well-prepared. I come to give people what they want to see when they see a heavyweight, and that’s a knockout.
Gerald Washington is a big guy I’ve seen fight a few times. I don’t think he’s ready to fight me, but he thinks he is. We’ll find out on February 25. I chose him because he’s always been respectful while always wanting the opportunity. He’s going to come ready to fight.
My preparation stays the same, even with the opponent change. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to change a lot after an opponent dropped out, but Gerald being as good as he is and similar to Wawrzyk makes it easier. They have different styles but we’ll work on how to break him down.
When I knocked out Artur Szpilka, I thought he was dead for a few seconds. That’s just from natural, Alabama country power.
I’m still training while I’m here in New York. I have Mark Breland here with me helping me get a lot of good work in. I’m staying focused. When February 25 comes, I’ll be ready.
I definitely feel 100 percent, but we’ll see what it’s going to feel like in the ring when I apply this force to a human skull. When I’m in the gym doing work, I feel great.
I never really let my hand properly heal until this injury, because the bicep takes longer to heal than the hand. The time gave me an opportunity to really improve my left hand. I feel more polished now than I’ve ever been.
You have to have patience in this sport. The big fights that people want to see will be coming. I’m not scared of anyone and I won’t run for anyone. My team is on the same page and we’re going to keep working together and moving forward.
It’s all about adjusting. Each and every time I go through something inside or outside of the ring, it just makes me better and better.
Chris Arreola’s style was perfect for mine. Even with the injuries that I was suffering, I could still get the job done. I also had to fight through the injuries with Stiverne, because I hurt my hand in the third round of that fight. Being able to have these experiences has made my confidence even higher.


The May 21 title match between Alexander Povetkin and champion Deontay Wilder has been officially postponed due to Povetkin’s prefight drug test for the banned substance melodium, the WBC announced today.

The sanctioning body released the following statement:

The World Boxing Council is diligently addressing the positive test result from the Clean Boxing Program for mandatory heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin. Keeping the priority of safety and also the principle of justice, the WBC will continue the investigation into the case. Consequently, the event scheduled for May 21 in Moscow is hereby officially postponed.
The WBC will be releasing more information in the coming days regarding the final ruling on the matter.

Melodium, which reportedly assists athletes with endurance, became a banned substance by the World Anti Doping Agency in January. Povetkin’s camp argued the fighter stopped taking the substance in September and blamed the positive test on trace elements remaining in his system. However, reporter Gabriel Montoya confirmed Povetkin had negative results on April 7, 8 and 11 before testing positive on April 27.

At press time, Wilder’s camp has not announced plans for a replacement date nor an opponent.

This was the only logical outcome for this situation. Yes, most boxing fans are extremely disappointed. This is a matchup between two high-level heavyweights that have been knocking out all their recent competition. It was Povetkin’s chance to finally win a world title, and Wilder’s moment to finally silence all naysayers on whether he truly belongs at the elite level.

The entire blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Povetkin. His excuse is weak and his actions disgraceful. A postponement is a slap on the wrist — a fine and suspension is the example that should be set. As long as the penalties remain flimsy, fighters will keep trying their luck with performance enhancing drugs.

If the penalties for cheating are not severe in a sport built on physical punishment, why even have testing in the first place?

As for Wilder, the next ranked opponent in line is Bermane Stiverne at #2, who Wilder soundly defeated for the title, and Kubrat Pulev at #3, who just beat Dereck Chisora by split decision a few days ago. Here is the rest of the list:

1 .- Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
2 .- Bermane Stiverne (Haiti/Canada)
3 .- Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria) EBU
4 .- Johann Duhaupas (France) SILVER
5 .- Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
6 .- Joseph Parker (New Zealand) OPBF
7 .- Andy Ruiz (Mexico) NABF
8 .- David Haye (GB)
9 .- Bryant Jennings (US)
10 .- Malik Scott (US)
11 .- Artur Szpilka (Poland)
12 .- Eric Molina (US)
13 .- Dereck Chisora (GB)
14 .- Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbekistan/Germany)
15 .- Gerald Washington (US)

The highlighted names are guys Wilder has already defeated. Pulev is likely first in line since it’s a fresh matchup and he’s coming off a high-profile win. If Wilder’s camp passes on Stiverne and Pulev, then it gets interesting. Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker have a fight scheduled and Andy Ruiz is a Top Rank fighter. David Haye would be a solid option, but the Hayemaker is rumored to be facing Shannon Briggs later this year and is likely eyeing an Anthony Joshua showdown afterward.

That leaves Bryant Jennings, who hasn’t fought since being KO’d by Luis Ortiz in December, Ruslan Chagaev, who had his KO loss to Lucas Browne overturned due to another failed test, and fellow PBC fighter Gerald Washington (who won a pedestrian decision over Eddie Chambers last month).

Because Washington is a in-house fighter and doesn’t appear to have a high-ceiling, it’s conceivable that he gets fed to Wilder. Jennings would be the better matchup, but I’m not sure if Jennings fancies such a difficult fight coming off a layoff and KO defeat.







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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder ended his third WBC title defense in chilling fashion with a one-punch, ninth knockout over Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center.

What was predicted to be an easy defense quickly became a spirited contest with Szpilka relying on movement and body punching to keep Wilder off balance and swinging wildly. When Wilder used his 83 inch reach to fire off jabs, he kept Szpilka at bay and on the end of hard straight rights. But Szpilka’s southpaw stance coupled with awkward right counters and overhand lefts presented constant challenges.

“He was definitely a crafty guy,” said Wilder. “I haven’t competed against a southpaw in three years. He was a tough competitor, but you’re fighting for a world title. It’s not supposed to be easy. I’m surprised it took that long, but we had 12 rounds and they can’t all can’t be pretty.”

The knockout blow came with Szpilka lunging in with a left hook and being caught right on the chin with a counter right hand.

Szpilka was unconscious before he hit the canvas.

He remained on the canvas for several minutes but was responsive to medical staff. He was later transported to Lutheran Hospital.

“He’s doing good,” said Szpilka’s trainer Ronnie Shields.  “He’s awake and knows exactly where he is.  He didn’t want to go to the hospital, but he’s going as a precaution. It’s better safe than sorry.”

Wilder kept his post-fight celebrating in check after seeing Szpilka’s condition and offered words of encouragement.

“I told him he was a great contender,” Wilder said.  “He came to give his all.  He gave his all for Brooklyn.  I always say two prayers.  I say a team prayer and I say an individual prayer.  I don’t want to hurt a man so he can’t go home to his family. We risk our lives every time we step in the ring.  He’s definitely in my prayers and I hope he’s doing well.”


TITLE UNIFICATION?: Lineal and WBA heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who was ringside, confronted Wilder during the post-fight interview. Both men were nose to nose and berated each other until Fury upped the theatrics by pacing the ring and throwing off his jacket. Wilder emphasized that he would love to unify and that Fury was a “clown” who thinks he’s in “wrestling.” Fury took a dig at Wilder’s competition, calling him “Bum Squad.”



MARTIN WINS IBF TITLE ON FREAK INJURY: On the undercard, Charles Martin won the vacant IBF title after Vyacheslav Glazkov could not continue following an injury to his right knee. In the third, Glazkov slipped and appeared to have discomfort when he rose to his feet. Later in the round, he tried to plant for a shot and collapsed when his knee buckled. Martin was getting the better of the brief exchanges before Glazkov had to retire.

“I want to unify the titles,” Martin said. “We didn’t even fight tonight. I want another fighter. I want Tyson Fury.”