Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Wilder vs Ortiz Heavyweight Action on Showtime

Wilder vs Ortiz Heavyweight Action on Showtime

Let's hope the assigned ring judges are watching this mega-fight very closely to avoid controversy.

Joshua, the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, faces New Zealand's Joseph Parker, the World Boxing Organization champion who is 24-0 with 18 knockouts, on March 31 at Cardiff, Wales.

"When you're dealing with a guy who wants to rip his head off, wants to get in there not scared of no man no matter who they are, no matter what type of build, no matter what school they come from, no matter what country they come from, it's a different story", Wilder said.

I see Ortiz winning a hard-fought decision. Wilder's been very active, he might not have fought top guys but they've still been decent guys with decent records.

Westgarth's death serves as a timely reminder of just how risky the sport is - even when both fighters are clean. "I chose to continue to have Ortiz because I saw the buzz the first time". The 6-feet-4, 240-pound southpaw is certain Wilder hasn't fought anyone with his combination of intelligence, power and skill. Heavyweight certainly bears the most exciting group of young talent it has seen in years but just about all of said talent remain unproven.

"Somebody's "0", got to go and you all already know what I come to do". He said that Joshua would beat me in three rounds.

"I'm feeling great, camp has been going great", he said during a recent interview. I expect him to get the "W" against Ortiz, or they wouldn't be fighting. "And Joshua been letting him because if Joshua really want this fight [with me] he know how to make it happen".

"Come on, man. Come on", Wilder told CBS Sports' "In This Corner" podcast on Monday.

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Counting Wilder out comes at the expense of acknowledging that he brings the most unsafe weapon of either man into the fight with his huge right hand. "Boxing is a insane business", said Wilder to ESPN. "So that was a great experience for me and he was teaching me a lot". It is Wilder's most hard championship fight yet of an underwhelming reign which appears to exist in some type of parallel heavyweight universe; Wilder has beaten six different men in seven heavyweight fights and I would argue that he has so far easily avoided the six best active heavyweights during his time as champion.

Here's a look at where the money is going from Vegas bookmakers, along with opinions from boxing experts, boxers' trainers and my prediction for the fight. When I look at Ortiz, he doesn't look powerful.

Wilder, who vowed to "end Joshua's career", was not holding back when asked about the British star. He's trying to collect as many checks as he can before it's too late.

When Ortiz does manage to get inside of the champ's reach, he will hit and perhaps even hurt Wilder, but that shouldn't be often.

He tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, following his first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode in September 2014.

He claims Britain's Joshua has been ducking him for two years. But go back and watch the body language of the man who stepped into the ring last November against Stiverne.

Ortiz certainly provides the kind of danger Wilder has never seen before.

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