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HEAVYWEIGHT POWER STRUGGLE

Although I'd like to see Ortiz relieve Wilder of his WBC belt, it wouldn't be the best outcome for the Heavyweight division. Wilder and the WBC have held the belt hostage since 2015 and a rematch clause being triggered would see that scenario drag on deep into 2020.

By Davy Trengove – Although I’d like to see Ortiz relieve Wilder of his WBC belt, it wouldn’t be the best outcome for the Heavyweight division. Wilder and the WBC have held the belt hostage since 2015 and a rematch clause being triggered would see that scenario drag on deep into 2020.

I hope Wilder beats Ortiz setting up Wilder/Fury in February 2020 with the winner facing either Ruiz or Joshua in a undisputed unification bout.

From a British perspective, I hope it pans out where Wilder defeats Ortiz, Joshua beats Ruiz and Fury defeats Wilder setting up a dream Wembley match up between Joshua and Fury. We can all dream but with Boxing politics and if champions overlook hungry contenders, the script tends to get ripped up.

Back to the fight on Saturday, although Ortiz looks in fantastic shape, I can see Wilder doing a demolition job and wiping out Ortiz to make a statement.

In the Stiverne rematch, Wilder looked devastating and I can see this ending in a similar fashion. Ortiz isn’t an overweight Stiverne but you could definitely say his best years are behind him whereas Wilder is in his prime.

The heavyweight division isn’t what it was but it’s certainly far more open and exciting than the Klitschko era. We’ll probably reflect on the likes of Wilder, Joshua, Whyte, Fury, Povetkin, Kownacki, Ruiz, Dubois, Parker and Ortiz etc and think it wasn’t so bad after all.

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1 comment on “HEAVYWEIGHT POWER STRUGGLE

  1. scott wilson

    Nice read mate, I listened to Atlas tell the Walcott story about the Marciano rematch. And yes if they have fought before, both left a little in the ring and the younger guy stopped the older, then the usual rematch ends quicker. But we cant forget, even though Ortiz is the older athlete, he is a a much better fundamental boxer, and realy had Wilder going was beating him and almost got him out, So maybe he has decided to go out this time and try blast wilder out early,, he has the skills and power to do it. Against any other current heavy i would say the fact hes southpaw is his advantage, but he is a lefty, and with Wilders last demolition job, plus we all know what punch a lefty is wide open too. I can maybe see a crushing right bomb land early with wilder trying to get out of there fast. He cant let Ortiz find any rhythm! all and all i cant wait, but my dream matchup would be Fury vs Ruiz! I think those two, barring Ortiz and age are the two best heavyweights around.Joshua got lucky with an old Wlad, then got exposed, Wilder got that draw due to a punch from the gods and it still didnt get the job done. Ortiz beats Wilder, Ruiz beats Joshua, Fury beats Ortiz, ruiz beats wilder, then have fury vs Ruiz in mexico city. screw wembley I cant stand sweet caroline anymore.. Anyway no matter the outcome its fun times ahead in the heavyweight division

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