In toughest test Wilder retains title

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will answer a ton of questions in showdown for heavyweight supremacy

Deontay Wilder gave Luis Ortiz a shot at the WBC heavyweight title at Barclays Center in November only to see the matchup get KO'd because of the Cuban challenger's positive drug test.

Without overlooking his opponent in NY on Saturday night - the 38-year-old Cuban Luis Ortiz - Wilder's sights are firmly set on "bursting the hype bubble" of heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua. Wilder is only an inch taller than Joshua, the WBA and IBO title-holder, and is just four years older than him, presenting a unique matchup of undefeated heavyweights.

Wilder appeared to be exhausted before he buzzed Ortiz with an overhand right that landed to the side of Ortiz's head near the end of the ninth round.

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So what do we do while we wait for the powers that be to make this megafight happen? He wants to milk the cow.

"The Bronze Bomber" used much of the build-up to his clash with Ortiz to send barbs the way of the Joshua camp, amid accusations he has unrealistic purse demands for the bout. "He's going to continue to do his tactics of getting lower opposition in there because if the British fans buy it, he's making money".

Before any fight with Joshua can take place the Briton must first face, and beat, Joseph Parker on March 31. "Let them keep doing it... all that will come crashing down soon".

Joshua is slated to fight another unbeaten champ - WBOs Joshua Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) in Wales later this month.

Deontay Wilder has a seemingly infinite number of detractors or "haters" as they've come to be known in the social media era. "But if you're looking at a guy, you're looking at the same fighter maybe a year or two years ago that knew how to finish a fighter, then we wouldn't even be talking about this".

The win was Wilder's seventh WBC title defense since winning the title off of Stiverne back in 2015.

Talking after the fight, Wilder turned his focus to his next potential opponents. Wilder scored the fight's first knockdown in the 5th, with a right hand buzzing Ortiz, and a second introducing him to the canvas. I'm ready whenever those guys are. I want to know who is the best in the world - I want to make the sport about "who is the best". Fighting a southpaw is a hard thing because you only see a few of them in your career, but they see right-handers all day long. Here is a big test.

" Ortiz has got that reputation of being the bogeyman but I've never been scared of the bogeyman".

"I see a third-round knockout".

I admire his footwork and balance, he can miss with the biggest bomb in his arsenal yet still stay positioned perfectly, poised and ready to throw more. I'm on a mission. Wilder hopes to take on the victor for an opportunity to further unify the championships.