Deontay Wilder is seeking to make the tenth defence of his WBC world heavyweight title when he faces Luis Ortiz on Saturday night.
The fight, which is set to take place at the legendary MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is the first time Wilder has been in the ring since annihilating Dominic Breazeale in May.
Although a rematch with Tyson Fury is set to take place in 2020, Wilder insisted he is fully prepared for the challenge of ‘King Kong’ in another highly-anticipated rematch.
He said: “We trained very hard to get prepared and to go to war. This is war.
“When I fight, you know what to expect.
“Like I said before, get your popcorn, get your pizza, go to the bathroom, make sure you get by somebody who won’t disturb you. Put your cell phone away, you don’t wanna be the guy looking up from your phone saying ‘what happened?’
“It can happen just like that.
“Like I said before these guys have to be perfect for 12 rounds, I only have to be perfect for two seconds.”
But what happened the last time the two men shared a ring 18 months ago?
It was a truly remarkable night of heavyweight boxing in Brooklyn.
Wilder vs. Ortiz odds
Wilder is a healthy betting favorite vs. Ortiz. As of this writing, Wilder is a -600 favorite, which means you’d have to wager $600 for a $100 payoff. Ortiz is a +450 underdog, meaning you’d win $450 with a $100 bet.
Since the BetOnline.ag sports book opened with Wilder at -595 and Ortiz at +470, the odds have stayed consistent (the highest I’ve seen was -650 for Wilder and +500 for Ortiz).
[UPDATE]: As of noon ET on Saturday morning, Wilder is -550 and Ortiz is +426.
The first time they matched up with each other, Wilder was -325 and Ortiz was +225.
The over-under in rounds fought is 6.5 (the over is -120, and the under is +100)
Wilder vs. Ortiz purses
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has listed Wilder’s payday at $3 million with Ortiz earning $1.5 million (three times what he made in their first bout).
But as multiple outlets have reported, Wilder’s actual guarantee is about $20 million—approximately the same he made vs. Dominic Breazeale in his last fight—and Ortiz’s is about $7 million.
Wilder vs. Ortiz records
Wilder’s KO win provided Ortiz with the only blemish on his record, while Wilder’s perfect ledger was slightly tainted by his draw vs. Fury last year.
Ortiz is 31-1 with 26 KOs. Wilder is 41-0-1 with 40 KOs.
Wilder vs. Ortiz prediction
I don’t think Wilder’s defense is good enough for him to avoid all of Ortiz’s heavy punches. But I do think he’ll survive the toughest moments, just like he did in their first fight, even if he gets knocked to the canvas this time. In the end, though, Wilder will put Ortiz down and out again. This time, the knockout will come faster. Say, Wilder by KO in the sixth.