3/3/2018-New York- I confess to being one of those that was always criticizing WBC champ Deontay Wilder (40-0-39K) as amateurish, wild, no REAL skills, only that freight train of a right hand. “He’ll get ko’d the first time he fights somebody decent”. Well, that was damn near 40 ko’s ago, so it’s time I sing a different tune. He’s an ugly finisher, I said but the key word was ‘finisher’ and that’s what he always does. The record books say w-ko, not w ugly ko. But will he beat Joahua, I wouldn’t bet oon that. Wilder is the type that glues you to the tv, waiting for something big or crazy to happen which normally DOES.
Tonight in his seventh defense of his WBC strap, he faced his most formidable foe, the one his doubters have been waiting for, THIS, they said, is the one to finally expose the ‘wild man from Bama’. The big Cuban, unbeaten Luis (the Real King Kong) 28-0-24K-2 ND. Ortiz came in brimming with confidence, an outstanding amateur and questions about where his REAL birth certificate was, was he REALLY born in Cuba, lol? He even looks old in the mug. The lefty Ortiz was by far the most skilled guy Wilder had faced, however.
Coming in at a surprisingly light 214, it seemed like Wilder was preparing for a long fight. Ortiz was 241. Ortiz got off to a good start, catching the retreating champ with a few decent left hands. Wilder spent the better part of four rounds in reverse as Ortiz lumbered forward. Missing was the usually lethal right hand of the champ. He rarely threw it and missed when he did. In some ways, Wilder looked sloppier than usual, when he started getting involved. His punches were sloppy as hell and that piston jab must’ve been back in Tuscaloosa or SOMEPLACE. The crowd was booing the lack of action in the fifth when a short right dropped Ortiz. Oh shit I thought, here come the windmills. Wilder rushed in but Ortiz fought back, sometimes with wild swings of his own, HOWEVER, he wasn’t gonna’ out wild, Wilder.
Ortiz had a great shot at making history in the seventh when he hurt the champ with solid head shots causing Wilder to hold on for dear life. This was early and the attack continued with the champ getting drilled with a two-handed body attack along the ropes. Those shots drained an already light champion on his spindly legs. Wilder lied when he said he wasn’t hurt, his ass was one shot away from saying, “it happens to the best of them”. This was getting fast and furious as Wilder’s mandible withstood the attack, ANOTHER question we all had. This was as exciting as it was sloppy.
Ortiz had shot his load though and for the next couple of rounds, he did very little and Wilder wasn’t raisin’ any he’ll ether. In a furious finish to the ninth round, both tiring giants landed hard shots at the bell. Wilder seemed the fresher (by now, Ortiz was looking like he was about seventy) starting the tenth and started backing Ortiz up and dropping him with a flurry early in the round. This time the windmill WAS unpacked. Running after his faded foe, Deontay unloaded the kitchen sink on Ortiz, finally folding him up with a vicious right uppercut. Fight over. Ortiz was on all fours like a Texas bullfrog as the ref waved it off, mid count.
So now, where ARE we with the still unbeaten champion? Will people say, oh, Ortiz was too old, Wilder got a fake t. o. when the doc came in, he’ll never beat Anthony Joshua looking like THIS, blah blah blah Well, guess what, we’ll all be tuning in, because if nothing else, it will be vedddddddy interesting and I can’t wait.
In the co main, big- shit talking Andre Dirrell (26-2-16K) and his thug coach didn’t have room to complain or sucker punch anybody as Dirrell got his ass kicked in, in his rematch with Jose Uzcategui (26-2-22K). Cleressa Shield wasn’t in attendance tonight, either so this was a bad night for Flint Mi. Dirrell, while talented, has had a strange career. One has to question his heart a bit, when shit gets a little hot in the ring, he has NO problems finding an early exit. Tonight, he had the Fight Whisperer, Virgil Hunter, in his corner. Hunter did wonders with the questionably ‘retired’ former champ Andre Ward but hasn’t really done shit with anybody else otherwise. He’s pretty much a one trick pony, same as Floyd Mayweather Sr. In a spirited (while it lasted) Jose kept his promise of pressuring Dirrell from the gate. He drilled Dirrell with clean shots throughout, reducing Dirrell to only fighting to keep Jose off his ass. He never initiated anything and was behind in the fight. Before the start of the eighth round, the ‘odd’ Dirrell showed up. He OBVIOUSLY didn’t wanna’ play anymore DESPITE the screaming from his thug coach AND Hunter. He turned to the crowd despite the ref telling him to face the ring.
Maybe he’d seen as much as he cared to, of Uzcategui. Hunter screamed, “I’m giving you one more round Dirrell, if you don’t fight, I’m stopping the fight”. This was one of those, ‘you can’t fire me, I already quit’ deals. When the ref signaled the fight over, Andre went into that fake-ass, ‘why you stoppin’ the fight’ act. It was laughable. I wonder why thug coach didn’t jump in and swing on Jose like he did before. I doubt he would’ve gotten away clean THIS time. So what’s next for Dirrell, maybe he answered already, when he quit tonight.