Heavyweight Unification Bout More Necessary than Ever After Wilder Win
After heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz over the weekend, unifying the heavyweight belts should be the sport’s top priority.
Updated: March 6, 2018 • 5:05 PM ET
Deontay Wilder has yet to lose in the boxing ring.
It’s time to give heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder the fight he wants.
Wilder didn’t need to defend his title against Luis Ortiz this past Saturday in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In fact, he nearly payed for the decision in a one-sided seventh round, as Ortiz landed combination after combination and had the champion out on his feet. But Wilder proved what a true champion he is, as he somehow weathered the storm and made it out of the round.
The champion then came roaring back en route to a vicious 10th round knockout of Ortiz, silencing all of his critics and pushing his record to 40-0 with 39 KO’s.
Wilder has been vocal that he only wants to fight the best in boxing’s heavyweight division. Nevertheless, many have called his resume “weak.” Well, after Saturday’s performance, no one can question Tuscaloosa’s toughest any longer.
Wilder was scheduled to fight Ortiz in November, but the fight was cancelled after Ortiz tested positive for banned substances. Wilder could have used that crutch and waited for the next fight, which most likely assume would be a unification bout against the winner of the Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight that will take place later this month. Instead, Wilder wanted to prove how game he is and fight a boxer no one else seems to want to fight. With the victory over Ortiz, Wilder retained his title for the seventh time.
Regardless of the winner between Joshua and Parker, there are no excuses for Wilder to not face the victor. The dream matchup would be Wilder against Joshua, because they both have large statures and hit like a truck. However, a unification bout hasn’t meant this much to boxing’s heavyweight division in some time, so either fighter against Wilder would be a great matchup.
After his comeback for the ages against Ortiz, the 32-year-old Wilder deserves his chance at the glory of unifying the division. He has called out Joshua for more than a year and if Joshua defeats Parker, there’s no logical reason to avoid Wilder vs. Joshua any longer.
Joshua is a giant star overseas, and Wilder has solidified his position as the biggest heavyweight boxing star in the United States. Where they will fight, should the fight get booked, would be the biggest question. Both sides believe the other should travel to their neck of the woods for the fight.
If Parker pulls off the upset against Joshua, it would be a great selling point for a Wilder vs. Parker unification fight. Parker and his team have shown interest in a fight with Wilder, even showing up in Alabama for his fight with Gerald Washington.
Wilder is the WBC champion, Parker is the WBO champion and Joshua is IBF and WBA champion. All three fighters are undefeated, so the only thing left to do now is unify the belts.