News | Mar 04 2018

Deonty Wilder swims through deep waters to crush Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder produces career best win in Barclays Center belter. Declan Taylor reports from Brooklyn.
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DEONTAY WILDER remains on a money-spinning collision course with either Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker following his spectacular knockout of previously undefeated Luis Ortiz – but he was forced into deeper water than ever before.

The Tuscaloosa native, now 40-0 (39), made a tentative start here at the Barclays Center but floored Ortiz at the very end of the fifth round of what was the seventh defence of his WBC title.

It seemed as though yet another quick win was on the cards but Cuban southpaw Ortiz had other plans and rallied after the knockdown to almost force a stoppage of his own.