Why Would Wilder Fight Ortiz Now if the Risk Was Real?

A match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the Cuban tested positive for banned substances

"It's going to be big for me to get this win on Saturday for myself and for Cuban boxing".

That is what makes Wilder-who defends his WBC title for the seventh time, against Luis Ortiz, on March 3 at the Barclays Center (Showtime, 9 pm)-the odds-on favorite to be the last man standing when, and if, the heavyweight division ever consolidates its rather modest collection of talent into a single, definitive showdown.

I'm the type of person where I like my peace.

Perhaps one of the best ways of distinguishing between the top fighters is by talking to people who have shared the ring with more than one of them.

"The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title and beat you for your belt". There ain't no more time.

The New Zealand sevens team, who came fourth in the Hamilton tournament at the start of February after losing to Fiji and Australia, are in a relatively easy pool in Las Vegas, with Argentina, Scotland and Uruguay their opposition.

But now it's all systems go with Wilder looking forward to seeing Anthony in action in Cardiff and then taking the former Olympic champion on himself. I want to fight while we're healthy because after this, we don't know what can happen.

Boxing's revival would be fueled by a Super Fight in the heavyweight division with the victor emerging as the most popular and recognized fighter in combat sports. The first round is going to be very interesting with me and Ortiz getting in the ring, sizing each other up, adjusting to each other's styles.

"A lot of people that believe in me and know me well, know that I would not do anything that can jeopardize my future as a boxer", Ortiz said. I believe he's thinking only of knockouts; not of the possibility of going the distance in a very punishing and painful fight.

Before Joshua fought Carlos Takam in October, Hearn said Wilder wouldn't fight British heavyweight Dillian Whyte.

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"Come on, man. Come on", Wilder told CBS Sports' "In This Corner" podcast on Monday.

"Deontay Wilder can't take a punch; technically Luis Ortiz seems to be a bit more together, and a bit closer and sharper than Deontay Wilder, but the man [Wilder] does have the equaliser [of power], so we'll see".

"The second time we already assumed he would do it and he did".

A highlight reel knockout over a tricky and respected operator in Cuban Ortiz would go a long way towards building Wilder's stock this weekend. I was taking this medicine to treat high blood pressure, but apparently it's also used to go to the bathroom a lot and mask other things [PEDs].

Here's a look at where the money is going from Vegas bookmakers, along with opinions from boxing experts, boxers' trainers and my prediction for the fight.

The ostracized Ortiz can change all of their lives by upsetting Wilder. Based on the way he's been brought along, I think it was for the goal of securing the home run payday which they are so close to securing.

Ortiz is a bigger and more refined boxer than Szpilka. At the top level he's been inactive for the past two or three years.

Like Stiverne, Ortiz is nearly certainly going to have to deal with Wilder coming out fast in round one.

When the first meaningful punch is landed by either fighter we will then realize who the eventual victor might be.

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