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One punch to turn it all around for Wilder versus Ortiz

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By Ponciano “John” Melo Jr.

posted November 25, 2019 at 10:31 am

Manila Standard Digital

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — It took just one pivotal punch to turn it all around for defending heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The still unbeaten fighter had his back against the ropes the duration of the fight, right up until the 7th round where he landed a devastating right hand to drop Luis Ortiz and keep hold of his World Boxing Council title.
Wilder, 34, said prior to the match that Ortiz was his “most challenging” yet, and it did show as “King Kong” Ortiz dominated the champ for the first half of the bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But a thundering punch from the “Bronze Boomer” sent Ortiz to the canvass for the first time in the fight — and for good.
\”I don\’t care about losing rounds because it is a 12-round fight,\” said Wilder. \”I wanted to time my punches and do the right thing.
\”I had to strategically move Ortiz. I had to time myself and calculate my punches. It was a war.\”
At the count of nine Ortiz was still on his knees, referee Kenny Baylesss waved his hands and it was all over.
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Before the knockout, the judges scored the fight 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 all in favor of the challenger.
Ortiz was boxing splendidly in the first half of the fight.
Coming out aggressive, he landed beautiful left hooks on Wilder forcing him to retreat but little did the challenger know Wilder was just waiting for the perfect time to unleash his signature right hand.
Wilder has now tied Muhammad Ali for 10th straight successive title defense while also protecting his unblemished record of 42 wins, 41 via knockout and one draw.
Ortiz, on the other hand, said he still could continue, saying he was good to go.
\”I was clear-headed. When the count was at seven I was still trying to get up. Maybe the count was quicker than I thought,\” he said.
After the match, Wilder once again told that another rematch with Tyson Fury is set to happen next year in February.
\”Next we have Tyson Fury, of course,\” he said.
\”Then, after that I want one champion, one face, one name,\” hinting a unification match with either the winner of Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua.

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

Andy Ruiz Jr. is slowly getting back as a heavyweight title contender after dominating Luis Ortiz.

The former unified heavyweight world champion knocked down “King Kong” Ortiz thrice to win via unanimous decision.

Next in line for the boxer who had one of the greatest upsets in boxing history is to face the former WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who has been out of the picture since being destroyed by Tyson Fury in their rematch, will make a return to face Robert Helenius before eventually fighting the Mexican Ortiz.

The Ruiz-Wilder bout is a big chance to happen as both heavyweights are under the boxing promoter Al Haymon.

“We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans,” said Wilder, who was on ringside during the Ruiz-Ortiz clash.

“So if that’s what is lined up next, I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

Famous YouTuber KSI returned to the boxing ring after some time and he announced it by dominating two fights in one night.

Olajide Olatunji, his real name, first defeated Swarmz, a Briton rapper who happened to be his friend as well. The match ended in the second round and then after several other matches, KSI stepped up once more to TKO Luis Alcaraz Pineda, a true professional boxer.

But despite these wins KSI’s pro record remains at 1-0 as both fights were not given a green light as officially-sanctioned bouts.

One of the undercards in the event was Salt Papi, a Tiktok star that is a Filipino. He won easily in his first fight with an impressive knock out.

Salt Papi became famous for his fake run videos and since then went on a fitness journey that led to his boxing debut

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

2022 is not yet over but we’ve already seen the fall of our boxing world champions one
by one.
And with Mark Magsayo failing to defend his WBC featherweight belt in his first title
defense, it left the Philippines with no more current world champion in the sport.
Magsayo went through a heartbreaker with a split decision loss against Rey Vargas of
Mexico.
Rene Mark Cuarto also lost the IBF minimumweight title to another Mexican boxer
named Daniel Valladares.
Just last month, it was Nonito “The Filipio Flash” Donaire who surrendered his WBC
Bantamweight belt to the Japanese Monster Noaya Inoue, his second defeat to the now
unified bantamweight champion.
Jerwin Ancajas likewise suffered the same fate while Johnriel Casimero got his WBO
bantamweightbelt stripped from him due to violation in the weight cut guidelines.
Now, the questions afloat are who will be the next Pinoy champion? Will there be
another Pinoy champ?
With Manny Pacquiao retired from professional boxer after losing his belt as well to
Yordenis Ugas, who will be the next boxer that will give the Philippines back its pride?
Up and coming star Eumir Marcial is on the list after capturing the bronze medal in the
Tokyo Olympics. Magsayo is not off the chart as well as he is still young, it’s just a
matter of bouncing back.

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