Wilder on Ortiz: ‘When we fought the first time, I had a bad flu’

WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder(41-0-1, 40 KOs), held a media workout in Alabama Tuesday night, as he prepares to battle Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz(31-0, 26 KOs) in a rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

For Wilder, this is an opportunity to prove that the first fight against Ortiz was no fluke, and this time around, Wilder wants to use his jab more.

“With Ortiz, we know that he’s a smart fighter and a great counter puncher,” Wilder said. “He’s really good at what he does. I’m the only person in the top five who’s given him the opportunity.

 “I don’t think I threw enough jabs at him in the first fight. The positioning of my feet was not as good as it could be. The movement that we have is very awkward when you have an orthodox fighter against a southpaw. I’m looking forward to making it another great fight.”

After being in serious trouble in the 7th-round in their first fight, Wilder was able  to survive and stop Ortiz in the 10th-round. In that fight, according to Wilder, he was sick, and on Tuesday, Wilder explained why he did not back out of the fight.

“I’m looking to beat Ortiz in even more dramatic fashion,” Wilder said. “When we fought the first time, I had a bad flu. I could have called off the fight, but I want to be able to do things that other fighters shouldn’t or wouldn’t do.”

Credit to Wilder for fighting Ortiz the first time and fighting him again because not many were running to fight Ortiz, but Wilder is daring to be great, and beating Ortiz again would be a tremendous feat for him.

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