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Luis Ortiz predicts Deontay Wilder KOs Tyson Fury in rematch

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By Kenneth Friedman: Luis Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) is saying that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder won’t have any respect for Tyson Fury in their rematch, and he’ll knock him out. Ortiz gave Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) a great fight last Saturday night, but was knocked out in the 7th round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wilder and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) will meet up in a rematch on February 22 on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View. The two fought to a 12 round draw 11 months ago in December 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Wilder arguably knocked Fury out in the 12th, but the referee didn’t stop the fight and some believe he gave him a long count. Eventually, Fury woke up and got to his feet to resume, but it looked like the fight should have been stopped. Wilder feels he legitimately knocked Fury out.

Wilder won’t respect Fury in rematch – Ortiz

“Him and Fury are two completely different fighters, and I don’t believe Wilder will respect Fury in a rematch, and it might have the same outcome by a knockout victory,” said Luis Ortiz during last Saturday’s post-fight news conference in predicting a knockout win for Wilder over Fury.

Fury has been going around acting as if he won the Wilder fight, and not acknowledging that it was scored as a draw. Additionally, Fury has been involved with WWE, and talking about wanting to do MMA. He seems to be losing interest in boxing at the worst possible time. There’s a good chance that Wilder will take advantage of the way Fury is mentally disengaged, and knock him out this time.

The rematch might very well go badly for the 31-year-old Fury. He’s been buying into what all the back-slappers have been saying, and not remembering that Wilder had him on the canvas twice.

Fury could have won the fight if he’d stayed on his feet, but kept getting knocked down. One knockdown you can excuse, but not two. When a fighter gets knocked down twice, he’s not going to win unless he knocks his opponent down once or twice to even things up.

Deontay hopes Fury’s trainer took notes

“I hope Ben took a lot of notes, because I’m ready,” said Wilder about Fury’s trainer Ben Davison having gone to his fight with Ortiz last Saturday to take notes. “I hope he took notes and carries it back to this camp, because I’m going to knock Fury out like I did the first time. Point blank period. These guys, if they were so sure about certain things and if they seen so much, he would’ve took the rematch immediately.

“I’m not around here running around doing 100,000 things,” said Wilder in taking an obvious dig at Fury’s involvement in WWE.  “I was the one that demanded the rematch as soon as possible, especially when it was a controversial decision,” said Wilder.

Fury is going to need to come up with a better game plan for the rematch than in the first fight, because Wilder had him figured out in the last four rounds.

Fury had Wilder confused in first 8 rounds

Wilder was confused with Fury’s mobile style and his use of feints in rounds 1-8. But in the last quarter of the fight, was able to land his right hand with great success. If Wilder starts dropping right hand bombs on the chin of Fury earlier in their rematch, we could see a knockout.

“Last time I checked, Fury only had two big fights on his résumé, and that’s a win against a Klitschko and a knockout against me,” said Wilder. “And the last two was against up and coming fighters [Otto Wallin and Tom Schwarz]. Come February, I hope they’re ready, because I’m ready,” said Wilder.

Fury has had two tune-up fights against Wallin and Schwarz since their match a year ago, and he’s not utilized his time well by fighting elite level fighters. Wallin and Schwarz are guys that arguably belong outside of the top 15, as they don’t fight like true contenders.


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