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Video: Wilder rallies to knock out Ortiz in a thriller

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In a thrilling back-and-forth fight, Deontay Wilder picked up the biggest win of his career, as he knocked out Luis Ortiz in the 10th round.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) has been criticized for not really being tested against the top guys in the world. He got his opportunity on Saturday night against Luis Ortiz (28-1-2 NCs, 24 KOs), and in front of more than 14,000 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Wilder dug deep to get a dramatic 10th round KO.

With not much going on in the first few rounds — Ortiz arguably getting the majority if not all of rounds 1-4 — Wilder knocked Ortiz down at the end of round 5. The tide turned substantially two rounds later, as Ortiz badly rocked Wilder in round 7 and just about had him out on his feet. Wilder never went down, but he was saved by the bell and in deep trouble for the first time in his career. Ortiz had more success in round 8 but failed to put him away. That would prove to be costly, as Wilder’s vaunted power sent Ortiz to the canvas in a crazy exchange in the 10th round. While Ortiz beat the count, it ultimately would just lead him straight towards more punishment, as Wilder just flailed away before belting him with a fight-ending uppercut. Again, Wilder isn’t a technical marvel, but he hits like a truck, and Ortiz found out the hard way.

Watch the highlights below, courtesy of Showtime Boxing.

The three judges all had Wilder ahead 85-84 at the time of the stoppage, which… is generous to Wilder, to put it kindly. It’s still a huge win for Wilder that also showcased his ability to overcome adversity.

This will further calls for Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) later this year. Joshua will defend his WBA and IBF titles on March 31st against WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs). If all goes according to the form guide, Joshua vs. Wilder would unify all four major titles, creating an undisputed champion.

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