The Big Question: Wilder vs Ortiz 2 - who wins?
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Deontay Wilder rematches Luis Ortiz this weekend in Las Vegas. Members of the BM team are here with their picks and predictions...
I think Wilder stops Ortiz in round three or four: he's ready to do a blitz of a performance, which will stoke up the return with Fury! - Colin Harris
Pictures from camp have shown that Ortiz looks in terrific condition. Only the face belying the fact that he is in his 40th year - a number that is widely perceived to be a conservative estimate by many. Proof indeed that getting your seven a day and taking regular swigs of Cod Liver oil from the local Walgreens, can keep the ravages of time at bay. The Cuban had his moments last year against Wilder in a keenly fought contest and but for the ring ropes and the bell, could have had both hands on the championship belt in the seventh. But even with his ripped King Kong exterior, time is not on Ortiz’s side, despite chalking up three more wins since – including a decision over Christian Hammer last time out. I expect the Cuban to be slower and more ponderous since his last meeting with Wilder. Conversely, the ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ stock and experience levels have risen considerably. A fight that to me felt almost 50/50 last time, now feels like it would be a major upset if Wilder was not to triumph. The general 1/6 price tag on a Wilder victory tells its own story. I expect Wilder to catch a sluggish Ortiz liberally and with ever increasing ferocity on his way to a one-sided victory around the sixth or seventh. - Garry White
Wilder smokes the Cuban in five. - Mark Butcher
Wilder has grown as a fighter. Despite his rep as a wild slugger who has a padded record (which has some merit), he has an undisputed will to win. He also has a real mean streak. Ortiz is older, I'd suggest slower, although he knows this may be his last real shot. I'm picking Wilder inside five to score another eye catching KO. - James Oddy
Wilder knows exactly what to expect now from Ortiz. Even if the Cuban comes in fitter and stronger after a better camp this time around as widely suggested, I still think Wilder will be too much for him. Similar to how the rematch with Bermane Stiverne went, I'm expecting Wilder to blow Ortiz away again but even earlier. Wilder by KO inside six rounds. - Lee Gormley
Wilder learned a lot from the first bout with Luis Ortiz and the 12 rounds he spent with Tyson Fury last December. I believe he will stop the Cuban once again, only quicker and in more devastating fashion.
Wilder TKO6 - Michael Montero
Wilder to dominate and win again by knockout, much earlier, much easier. When he first won the world title he was wild, unpolished and had very few meaningful rounds on his ledger. That was almost five years, ten defences and ten camps ago. Since their first match, he has profited from 12 quality rounds with Tyson Fury whereas the 38-year-old Ortiz has since become the 40 year old Ortiz. Doubt it'll be competitive. Is anyone going for Ortiz? - Mick Gill
You’ve got to go for Wilder. I think he’s improving and having Mark Breland in his camp will only continue to improve him. Ortiz looks in great shape and I’m sure will be there until the later rounds, but I can’t see past a Wilder late stoppage. Deontay has shown he carries power down the stretch and doesn’t fade, and I think that will be the key to victory. - Chris Glover
Wilder to win inside six, and maybe inside three. He's a dangerous man and Ortiz is a faded force. - Luke G. Williams
I'm going to go against the grain and opt for a Cuban victory. It will only take one massive right hand from Wilder to make a fool of this prediction, however I feel Ortiz will confidently pick holes in the Bronze Bomber. 'King Kong' has to improve his fitness, based on their last encounter, whilst Wilder has to become a technically better fighter. One of those tasks is simpler than the other. Heart over head, Ortiz to emerge with a new, shiny green belt! - Craig Scott
I’m anticipating another closely fought contest that may be decided by which combatant has improved the most since their first encounter in March last year. Certainly, Ortiz seems to have addressed the fitness issues that caused him to slow down in the later rounds of their first contest, while Wilder appears to remain as technically flawed as always. Wilder has the one-hitter-quitter that makes him a danger to any opponent from the first bell to last. The closer this fight gets, the more I see it as a real danger fight for the undefeated WBC champion, particularly with a Tyson Fury rematch on the table. The boxing gods have a way of throwing a spanner in the works, so with some trepidation I’ll tip Ortiz by either late stoppage or competitive decision. - Anthony Cocks
Like several others among the team, I figure that Wilder will have improved in the 18 months since their first ten-round brawl, with Ortiz surely declining. Although the Cuban’s southpaw jab, sheer bulk and fast hooks provided the WBC champ with some uncomfortable moments last year, I expect this match will unfold like an abridged version of the first meeting with a Wilder stoppage at around round six. - Chris Williamson
Final tally: Wilder 10 Ortiz 2