Deontay Wilder makes the 10th successful WBC Heavyweight title defense
Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz squared off for the second time at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 24 (AEST). The contest featured the defending WBC Heavyweight champion up against the two-time challenger in the scheduled for twelve rounds championship rematch.
Similarly to their first encounter, the bout didn’t go the full distance. Wilder dropped Ortiz at the very end of the seventh round with right cross. The latter couldn’t beat the eight count and the referee waved the fight off.
Ultimately, Deontay Wilder retained his belt and became the sixth heavyweight in boxing history to make 10 successful title defenses in a row. In addition he updated his record to 42-0-1, 40 KO. Luis Ortiz dropped to 31-2, 26 KO, 2 NC, which snapped his three-win streak he was riding after being stopped by the champion in the tenth round of their first outing in March 2018.
In the co-main event Miguel Flores and Leo Santa Cruz battled it out for a vacant WBA ‘super’ super featherweight title. After twelve rounds the latter claimed the belt by unanimous decision.
Also on the card Brandon Figueroa took a split decision against Julio Ceja and retained his WBA ‘regular’ super bantamweight title. The latter was ineligible for the belt after missing the required weight limit a day before the fight show.
The WBC ‘silver’ bantamweight title fight between Luis Nery and Emmanuel Rodriguez was cancelled. Nery came overweight and Rodriguez reportedly refused to take extra money.
Deontay Wilder def. Luis Ortiz by KO (R7 at 2:51)
Leo Santa Cruz def. Miguel Flores by unanimous decision
Brandon Figueroa def. Julio Ceja def. by split decision
Luis Nery vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez – cancelled