Wilder on Fury: ‘If he beat me, then why all the new trainers?’

In their first fight, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury went all 12 rounds in a fight that ended in a draw. Even though Wilder knocked Fury down two times in the fight, many believe Fury did enough to get the victory. 

The two will settle the score in the rematch on February 22 in Las Vegas.

After the fight with Wilder, Fury went on to win two fights in a row, but in his last fight against Otto Wallin, Fury was severely cut, and while he got the victory, he was not at his best. Following his win over Wallin, Fury decided to change trainers. Fury parted ways with Ben Davison and brought in Sugarhill Steward, who is the nephew of legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward, and one thing we know about the Stewards, is they love knockouts.

“I’m looking for a knockout,” Fury said on Monday. “That’s why I hired Sugarhill. He gets you to sit down on that big right hand. That’s what I’m looking for. There’s the game plan. If I wasn’t looking for a knockout, I would have sharpened up what I did in the last fight. I’m not coming for that. I’m looking for my 21st knockout.

“When I get him in there again, I’m going to make him feel the Fury. I’ve never been as sure of anything in my whole life. As sure as I was this morning putting this suit on. One hundred percent he can’t win. He’s got a puncher’s chance like anyone else. I’m much sharper and more fit now. I’m ready to rumble right now. I hope he trains hard and goes to bed, sleeping, thinking about me.”

Wilder does not understand why Fury would change trainers, especially if Fury felt he won the first fight.

“If he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day, it changes,” Wilder said. “Firing and hiring. He wants to talk about being out of shape the first time, but he was in great shape. He spent 100,000 pounds on all those camps. I still, to this day, have the same people with me, and I don’t need to change it.”

It should be interesting to see how different Fury looks against Wilder in the rematch with Steward in his corner. Fury is a boxer, and his best chance to beat Wilder is probably by boxing, so changing his style in the rematch may not be very beneficial for Fury.

Is this knockout talk all talk for Fury, or will he actually try to go for the knockout? We’ll see on February 22.

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Fury to Wilder: ‘Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight’

When Deontay Wilder(42-0-1, 41 KOs) and Tyson Fury(29-0-1, 20 KOs) talk, people listen. These are two of the best personalities in the sport of boxing, and on Monday in Los Angeles, the two came together at a press conference to promote their rematch on February 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The first fight, which happened in December 2018, was very compelling, especially the 12th round, where Wilder knocked Fury down, but somehow, someway, Fury was able to get up and have some success later in that round. Ultimately, the fight ended in a draw.

Other than the two Wilder knockdowns, it was more boxing than fighting, and Fury did most of the boxing, but this time around, Fury wants to go toe-to-toe with Wilder.

“The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points,” Fury said. “Usually, when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout.

 “He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. I didn’t have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this time I can turn that screwdriver until he’s gone. Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring on February 22. Just watch out for the right hand, because you’re going to sleep in two rounds.”

Now, there is no way Fury will fight Wilder the way Hagler and Hearns fought each other, which was one of the greatest fights in boxing history.  At this point, Fury is trying to sell the fight, but if they were to fight toe-to-toe, we also might be calling Wilder-Fury II one of the greatest fights in boxing history.

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Fury on Wilder: ‘There’s no more ducking and diving’

The long-awaited rematch of heavyweight titans is set, as undefeated WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and unbeaten lineal champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury continue their rivalry in the ring Saturday, Feb. 22 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. The event is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation.

 “I’m happy and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening,” said Wilder. “I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz. They’ve been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. Then I give them what they all come for – the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing. I proved myself the first time, and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.”

“There’s no more ducking and diving,” said Fury. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”

Wilder vs. Fury II has been highly anticipated since their first meeting when Wilder retained his title via split draw after Fury miraculously rose from a 12th-round knockdown to finish the fight. It is one of the most memorable moments in heavyweight history and has raised the historical stakes heading into the rematch February 22.

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Ortiz: ‘This was a great fight, and I thought I was clearly winning’

My opponent has to be perfect for 12 rounds, and I only have to be perfect for one second,” Wilder said on Wednesday.

The rematch was a lot like the first one. Luis Ortiz was in complete control of the fight as he was dominating Wilder for the first six rounds, but just as Wilder said on Wednesday, he only has to be perfect for one second. Wilder needed one punch to knock out Ortiz in the seventh round of their rematch Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the first fight, Ortiz had Wilder in serious trouble in round 7, and he had control of that fight, but in the end, and just like he did on Saturday night, Wilder found a way to get it done.

“This is boxing,” said Ortiz. “I said that one of us was going to get knocked out and it wasn’t going to go 12 rounds. I was clear-headed when I hit the canvas. When I heard the referee say seven, I was trying to get up, but I guess the count went a little quicker than I thought.

“This was a great fight, and I thought I was clearly winning,” continued Ortiz. “I got caught with a big shot, and I have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit. I knew my movement was giving him problems. I landed some big shots, and I thought I had him hurt. I thought I was up by the count and could have continued.”

In the ring following the fight, the 40-year-old Ortiz asserted that he would continue his quest for a heavyweight championship.

“Deontay showed great will, and I’m not ashamed with my performance,” said Ortiz. “I know I can beat anyone in the heavyweight division. My career is not over. I’m going to work my way back into a big fight.”

Ortiz can beat any heavyweight in boxing, except for Wilder. Unfortunately, many may continue to avoid a southpaw with skill and power. 

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Wilder: ‘My intellect is very high in the ring, and no one gives me credit for me’

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder continued his title reign with a one-punch knockout victory over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in the seventh round of their rematch Saturday night that headlined a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Wilder made his 10th consecutive successful title defense, tying him with Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Tommy Burns and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as the only heavyweight champions to achieve that feat.

In a rematch of their epic 2018 fight that saw Wilder rally back from nearly being stopped to knock out Ortiz in round 10, the fight again saw both men hold the momentum of the fight at different times.

Ortiz controlled much of the action of the fight as he sought to become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in history. Wilder was not very active in the early rounds, while Ortiz was able to effectively jab, move and throw overhand lefts to rack up rounds on the scorecard.

“With Ortiz, you can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight him,” said Wilder. “He’s very crafty, he moves strategically and his intellect is very high. I had to measure him in certain places.”

Much of Wilder’s attack throughout the first six rounds was centered on his jab and a sweeping left hook that didn’t seem to land cleanly until early in round seven. With the seventh round waning, Wilder used a feint and a straight right cross to put Ortiz down, the first time he had been hurt at all in the fight.

“I had to go in and out, and finally, I found my measurement,” said Wilder. “I saw the shot, and I took it. My intellect is very high in the ring, and no one gives me credit for me. I think I buzzed him with a left hook earlier in the round, and I took it from there.”

Ortiz led on all three scorecards, by margins of 58-56 and 59-55 twice. While Ortiz was able to get to his feet, referee Kenny Bayless waived off the bout at 2:51 into the seventh round. Ortiz led on all three scorecards, by margins of 58-56 and 59-55 twice.

After the fight, Wilder told FOX Sports’ Heidi Androl that his goal is to unify the heavyweight division and become undisputed champion.

“Next, we have Tyson Fury in the rematch,” said Wilder.” It’s scheduled for February, so we’ll see. Then, I want unification. I want one champion, one face and one heavyweight champion – Deontay Wilder. The heavyweight division is too small, there should be one champion and it’s Deontay Wilder.”

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Wilder: ‘Ortiz looks good, but I don’t think it’s going to matter against a fighter like me’

Much has been made of how in shape heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz(31-1, 26 KOs) is as he gets ready to battle WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(41-0-1, 40 KOs) on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The 40-year-old Ortiz is hoping to avenge his only loss in this fight. The last time these two men fought back in 2018, Wilder was able to stop Ortiz in 10. However, according to Ortiz, that stoppage was a byproduct of him being tired.

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“I don’t like to lose,” Ortiz said at a press conference on Wednesday. “There were legitimate circumstances why I wasn’t at my best the first fight. It was a fatigue stoppage. I believe if I had continued, I would have gotten the knockout. It was only fatigue, but I’ve corrected that this time around, so the better man will win.”

While Ortiz might be in better shape for this clash, Wilder believes it won’t matter.

“Luis Ortiz looks good, but I don’t think it’s going to matter against a fighter like me,” Wilder said. “I’m in shape 365 days a year. I come to camp in shape. The first day of camp, we were sparring. It’s always good to see my opponents in shape and prepared properly for a war. That’s all I can ask. Because they know what they’re in for when they go against me.”

This is probably Ortiz’s last shot at a title, and he believes that Wilder is making a huge mistake by fighting him again.

“This isn’t just Deontay fighting any other opponent,” Ortiz said. “Obviously, Deontay had his reasons for taking this fight. But on Saturday, I’m going to show why that was a mistake. I’m going to be the new heavyweight champion of the world.”

Both guys have power, and both guys have felt the effects of each other’s power. Therefore, whoever can withstand the power, will probably win this fight on Saturday night.

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Ortiz: ‘I believe I’m the best, and that’s why I’m getting this rematch’

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuban slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz made their grand arrivals Tuesday at MGM Grand as they kicked off fight week events ahead of their highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View this Saturday, November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“We’re all here to see what’s going to happen on Saturday night,” said Wilder. “Even though I knocked Ortiz out the first time, it was an amazing fight. That was the fight that I was challenged the most during. I understand why none of the other heavyweights want to fight Ortiz.

“He’s very dangerous and I blessed him with a second chance,” continued Wilder. “Fans always get their money’s worth when I’m on the big stage. Because people know what I’m able to do to another human being inside of that ring. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”

“Deontay Wilder is a throwback fighter like me, and we both want to fight the best,” said Ortiz. “I believe I’m the best, and that’s why I’m getting this rematch. I’m focused on this fight and this fight only and doing everything to have my hand raised Saturday night.

“My life has changed tremendously and for the better since I came to the United States from Cuba,” said Ortiz. “Being in the U.S. has allowed me to focus on my two dreams, finding a cure for my daughter’s disease and becoming heavyweight champion of the world. That’s always been my mission.”

Also making their grand arrivals at MGM Grand were fighters competing on the pay-per-view undercard that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Three-division champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz is looking to win a title in a fourth division when he takes on Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores for the WBA Super Featherweight Championship in the co-main event.

The pay-per-view also features undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa defending his WBA Super Bantamweight Title against former champion Julio Ceja while undefeated Mexican power-puncher Luis Nery battles Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodríguez in a showdown of former bantamweight champions.

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Ortiz: ‘Wilder is the best heavyweight of this decade’

Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz shared his final thoughts from training camp before he steps in to rematch WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder Saturday, November 23 in the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View main event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Here is what Ortiz had to say from training camp in Las Vegas with his head coach Herman Caicedo and strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade:

On his training camp:

“I feel really good going into this fight.  All the hard work is finally coming to an end and now it’s time to get the proper rest to be at my best on fight night.  As a team we worked smart during this training camp.  We did things a little different with my diet and I believe that will make me perform at a high level on fight night.  My weight is right where I want it.  All in all, it’s been a very productive training camp.”

On his rematch with Deontay Wilder:

“As I’ve said before, Wilder is the best heavyweight of this decade and until someone beats him, he will remain the top dog.  We have a different strategy in place that I believe will be the difference in this rematch.  I have plans to end this fight before the final bell, but if we need to go the distance, I’m well prepared to take it all the way.”

On fighting for his family and his Cuban legacy:

“I have to say it’s been really hard being away from my family during training camp, but I know coming out to Las Vegas was the right move.  If I’m going to become the heavyweight champion of the world, I must make these types of sacrifices.  Everything I do in the ring is for my family.  To become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in boxing history would be a dream come true, not only for me, but for my countrymen back home.  I’m going to leave every ounce of blood, sweat and tears in the ring come November 23.”

On fighting on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View:

“This is a big opportunity to show the world that I’m the best heavyweight on planet earth. All the fans watching are going to see one of the best heavyweight fights in boxing history.  Wilder is coming to fight just like me, which makes for a very entertaining night of boxing.  The fans are going to be the winners in this fight.”

Ortiz calls Wilder’s punches ‘illegal and borderline criminal’

In the first fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz fought well and had an excellent opportunity to beat Wilder, including having him in serious trouble in the 7h-round, but Wilder got through it and ultimately stopped Ortiz in 10. Fortunately for Ortiz, he will get another shot at the “Bronze Bomber” on November 23 in Las Vegas(FOX PPV).

Before the stoppage, Wilder dropped Ortiz two other times in their first fight, but, according to Ortiz, some of Wilder’s punches were illegal. 

“I think that some of the things that Wilder did, and the antics that Wilder does could be dealt with differently this time around, the illegal thing,” Ortiz said on a conference call this week. 

“Blows that he throws with the inside of his fists, punching down from the top of the head down and all kinds of craziness that he does, which makes it very difficult to get settled in any fight and quite frankly should be illegal and borderline criminal.”

Later in the conference call, Wilder responded to Ortiz’s accusations.

“You know I have never heard of that, so I think that he is being sarcastic,” Wilder said. “Only thing that’s criminal is me hitting people with the right hand and almost killing them. That’s the only thing I can go with.

“As far as in the ring, I don’t know what can be criticized. I would love to know myself to be honest.

 “I want to know that because if it’s something to tear me down or something like that, then that will make me even more motivated towards Ortiz if he’s trying to try to tear me down after I have blessed him twice.

 “I would love to know what he meant by that. That could be good for raising my blood and make me want to even more hurt him more than what I want to do now.

 “So he need to clarify that for me before I take it the wrong way. We know when I get mad, it’s over with. It’s over with. So right now, I’m mutual with him. I’m very respectful. He said, thank God for me; I blessed him a second time. A second time. A second time ladies and gentlemen, when I didn’t have to.

 “So I need that clarified, or I’m going to take this the wrong way, and I’m really going to want to beat him down.”

Wilder can get a little wild in the ring. However, the shots he landed on Ortiz in that fight looked fairly legal. In the end, Ortiz will have his opportunity to settle the score on November 23.

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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