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Deontay Wilder puts heavyweight division on notice

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder 42-0-1 (41) says he is pleased with his performance against Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz 31-2 (26) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old American was trailing on the scorecards before delivering a crushing right hand that left the Cuban southpaw unable to beat the count.

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The fight was a rematch of their March 2018 clash that Wilder won by 10th round stoppage.

“What an amazing fight. The fight lived up to the hype. Ortiz proved tonight that he is one of the best. He proved age is nothing but a number. I give him respect and he has tremendous skill,” Wilder said.

Ortiz, 40, outboxed Wilder for much of the first half of the fight but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ said being behind on the cards doesn’t bother him.

“To be honest I’m not worried if I’m losing the fight,” he said. “I’m blessed with tremendous power. I really had to be smart with him. We put a plan together. What I do is not textbook. I saw the opportunity and I took it. I knew sooner or later it would come.

“I wanted to wait, measure, give angles and, most of all, have fun. When I found the punch I was looking for, it was night-night.”

Wilder reaffirmed his desire to face the winner of the Andy Ruiz Jr versus Anthony Joshua rematch for the IBF, WBA and WBO title in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

“The heavyweight division was in the dark but I’m happy to be a part of the heavyweight division. I want to become undisputed champion,” he said.

Next up for Wilder is another rematch, this time against Tyson Fury who he fought to a draw last December.

“I’ma knock Fury out. Come February I hope they are ready for me. I’m looking forward to fighting the top guys,” he said.

“I’m here and I’m not going anywhere.”

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