Ortiz on fight with Wilder: ‘There was no reason for me not winning the first fight’

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz(31-1, 26 KOs) has been avoided by many in the heavyweight division. However, one guy who stepped up to fight Ortiz was WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(41-0-1, 40 KOs), who stopped Ortiz in 2018. Now, the two will get it on again on November 23 in Las Vegas. 

Since fighting Wilder, Ortiz is on a three-fight win streak, and now he gets another shot to defeat “The Bronze Bomber.”

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity at the rematch,” Ortiz said on Saturday. “Wilder had the courage to take the rematch, and that’s a big part of why this is happening. I’m excited for this fight, and I’m going to make the most of it.”

In the first fight, Ortiz had Wilder in serious trouble in round 7, but Wilder was able to survive. However, in the rematch, Ortiz plans on not letting that happen again.

“I won’t make the same mistake this time like I made in the last fight,” Ortiz said. “I’m going to be more prepared, more aggressive, and have more of everything. I’m taking it all up a level.

“There was no reason for me not winning the first fight; it’s just is what it is. We knew that one of us was going to get knocked out. I have that same sentiment for the rematch. This fight is not going 12 rounds.”

This fight will probably be the last chance for the 40-year-old Ortiz to win a belt, and he expects that to happen on November 23.

“I want November 23 to get here sooner than later,” Ortiz  said. “I’m ready to step into the ring and do the job and become heavyweight world champion.”

Photo: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

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