- Wilder vs Ortiz II goes Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 pm EST
- Can the Bronze Bomber defend his heavyweight gold against Ortiz?
- Can King Kong defeat Wilder and even the series up?
Wilder vs Ortiz II is one of the most significant prize fights remaining in the year 2019. The card emanates from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WBC world heavyweight championship is on the line in this 12-round contest. With the knockout rates of both men, it is unlikely the judges’ services will be needed here.
The first fight was a back-and-forth affair with Wilder securing the stoppage in the tenth round. It has been over a year and a half since the first fight and now they’re running it back again. Check out the odds for this fight and my analysis of the bout below.
Wilder vs Ortiz II Odds
Odds taken Nov. 19th.
Since the first Wilder-Ortiz fight, Wilder had two bouts including the much-ballyhooed draw against lineal champion Tyson Fury. In his next outing, Wilder scored a guttural first-round stoppage of Dominic Breazeale which had an artistic vulgarity to it. Ortiz is riding a three-fight winning streak since the first Wilder fight and stopped two of those three adversaries.
Still though, Ortiz is 40 years old and is readying himself to fight a 34-year-old champion settling into his competitive prime. I have Wilder in this one.
Wilder Goes 2-0 Over Ortiz
This is admittedly a bit of a strange rematch to be booked in the first place. The first bout was reasonably competitive at certain parts and Ortiz seemed to have Wilder in some trouble at times. Still though, it wasn’t close enough for my money to really warrant a rematch. Wilder ended up finishing Ortiz pretty emphatically so I was slightly caught off guard when talks around Wilder vs Ortiz II began popping up.
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Ortiz has captured WBA hardware on the intercontinental and interim world title level. He has certainly faced a high level of competition but it doesn’t quite match Wilder’s resume. Wilder has been the WBC world champion for close to five years and has defended the title in a highlight-reel fashion nearly every time out. The only fight Wilder has had without a clean closure point to it was his first fight with Tyson Fury.
Should Wilder get the outcome he wants here, the path will be cleared for a rematch with Fury tentatively slated for February 2020. One of the big future considerations after this rematch is this other possible rematch with the Gypsy King.
One that would be much more lucrative is Fury vs Wilder II and is undoubtedly one of the biggest prize fights, if not the biggest prizefight, that can be put together for the new year. Additional pressure is placed on Wilder to win the Ortiz rematch so he can secure this lucrative fight for the first quarter of 2020.
Wilder vs Ortiz II Tale of the Tape
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|Significant Wins||Bryant Jennings, Malik Scott,
Despite the aforementioned pressure, I think Wilder will thrive under that. The Cuban southpaw does have great ring savvy and respectable power in his hands that Wilder definitely felt in the first fight. Still though, I see Wilder getting it done when Wilder vs Ortiz II goes down. I think Bronze Bomber gets it done even quicker this time and finishes Ortiz inside of eight rounds.
Pick: Wilder (-650)
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