LAS VEGAS — Deontay Wilder’s massive right hand remains the most potent weapon in all of boxing; he flashes the highest career knockout rate amongst heavyweights at 95 percent as proof of its devastation.
After overcoming a stormy seventh round to win by 10th-round TKO in their original fight, Wilder puts his WBC title back on the line against Luis Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Entering this rematch, both Wilder and Ortiz have good reason to believe that this fight can end much sooner than their first meeting back in March 2018.
Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) has already warned his fans to get their refreshments ready early and make their trips to the bathroom well in advance of the opening bell.
“You don’t want to have to look up and say what happened because it can end in the blink of an eye,” Wilder cautioned during the final fight press conference earlier in the week.
Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) agrees wholeheartedly.
“As Wilder said, it’s not going the distance because either he knocks me out or I knock him out,” the 40-year-old Cuban promised. “I wish there were no bells between rounds, so we could just keep going until it ends.”
Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz 2 full card updates, results
Brutal war between Brandon Figueroa and Julio Ceja ends in split draw
Result (10:42 p.m.): After over 2,800 punches thrown, Brandon Figueroa and Julio Ceja ends in a split draw with scores of 115-113 for Figueroa, 116-112 for Ceja and an even score of 114-114. An unreal pace that started early and never let up saw these two battle in a phone booth for 12 demanding rounds. It was a surprisingly brutal battle between a pair of guys with an impressive knockout ratio that didn’t disappoint. But, in the end, the right decision was made as both fighters gave it their all and it’s likely they will meet again … as long as Ceja can make weight.
10:34 p.m.: We’re heading into the final round of a really brutal battle between these two. Ceja’s punches seem to have more steam on them but Figueroa refuses to step out of the phone booth and try to outbox the brawler. These scorecards are likely to be all over the place.
10:22 p.m.: It’s starting to feel like Ceja is gaining momentum. His work rate has yet to slow down and it appears that his punches are starting to get to Figueroa. This a physically taxing fight for both Figueroa and Ceja. The problem is that Ceja has nothing to lose and Figueroa is eating a lot more leather than anyone anticipated. Eight rounds down and the relentless pace continues.
10:10 p.m.: This is a helluva fight between Figueroa and Ceja. If they were bigger names, this could be a Fight of the Year contender with the pace they’ve put up this far. Neither fighter has taken a break and continue to pound on each other in close quarters. You have to figure that one of them will eventually slow down, but it simply hasn’t happened yet. Scorecards through five rounds should be interesting.
10:01 p.m.: It appeared that Figueroa was going to walk right through Ceja after his opponent came in four pounds overweight. Figueroa pummeled him for the first round, but Ceja has settled in and the next two rounds were fought in a virtual phone both with both landing hard shots. It’s a pretty entertaining bout thus far.
9:50 p.m.: Up next is Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) vs. Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) for the WBA World Super Bantamweight title. Figueroa is the younger brother of Omar Figueroa and has shown a ton of promise. His opponent is likely remembered by most for his barnburner with Guillermo Rigondeaux back in June. Ceja was on the wrong end of that fight and lost by eighth-round TKO. It’s a step up for Figueroa.
Eduardo Ramirez blasts Leduan Barthelemy for 4th-round TKO
Result (9:35 p.m.): Well, this fight was better than advertised as Ramirez took the fight to Barthelemy and cleaned his clock with a huge left hand in the fourth round that scored him a knockout victory. Prior to that, Ramirez simply couldn’t miss with his power shots as Barthelemy tried to bait him in for a counter. Unfortunately for Barthelemy, he couldn’t counter when he continuously ate hard shots. Eventually, it was too much as the left hand put the Cuban down. Although he would rise as the round ended, he was clearly shaken and couldn’t continue. Time of stoppage was 2:59.
9:23 p.m.: We’re kicking off the PPV portion with Leduan Barthelemy (15-0-1, 7 KOs), brother of Rances, facing Eduardo Ramirez (22-2-3, 9 KOs) in a rematch from their split draw bout from September 2017. The fight was moved to the main card after Luis Nery failed to make weight and Emmanuel Rodriguez refused to accept the fight. It’s a big blow to the card, but maybe Barthelemy and Ramirez can make us forget about it? Probably not. But we shall see.
What time does Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 start?
- Undercard: 7 p.m. ET
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Wilder-Ortiz main event: 12 a.m. ET (approximate)
An action-packed undercard includes Brandon Figueroa putting his WBA junior featherweight title on the line against Julio Ceja, and Leo Santa Cruz and Miguel Flores battling it out for the vacant WBA junior lightweight title. A Santa Cruz win would make him a four-division world champion. From there, the highly-anticipated rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will begin at approximately midnight.
Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 fight card
|Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz 2||Heavyweight||WBC|
|Leo Santa Cruz vs. Miguel Flores||Junior Lightweight||WBA|
|Brandon Figueroa vs. Julio Ceja||Junior Featherweight||WBA|
|Luis Nery vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez||Bantamweight|
|Leduan Barthelemy vs. Eduardo Ramirez||Junior Lightweight|
|Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs. Marklin Bailey||Welterweight|
|Omar Juarez vs. Kevin Shacks||Junior Welterweight|
|Jerry Perez vs. Mark John Yap||Junior Lightweight|
Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 latest news
— Deontay Wilder says he has to be perfect for only two seconds to beat Luis Ortiz.
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— Wilder addresses the Colin Kaepernick situation: ‘He deserves another chance‘
— Brandon Figueroa can step out of his brother’s shadow with a victory over Julio Ceja on Saturday night.