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.