By Rich Cheney: Luis Ortiz is already on course to challenge WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for his two titles, but WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder wants him to know he’s offering him a shot at his belt. Will the 38-year-old Ortiz take it? He must feel like a kid in a candy store with all the sudden opportunities.
WBA recently ordered Joshua to defend his title against the 38-year-old Ortiz. That title defense will come after Joshua fights his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev. Sweet deal! You’ve got to wish Joshua luck trying to win those 2 fights. He wants to fight Wilder after those 2. Will there be anything left of Joshua after Pulev and Ortiz?
“Hearn is running all the fighters over there and he feels that he wants to put me against some of his other guys before Joshua,” Wilder told Premier Boxing Champions. “I think he’s trying to get a valuation of me to really figure me out a little bit more, because I am a dangerous fighter.”
No, Deontay. Hearn is not trying to get a “valuation” of you, he’s trying to get you beaten by his fighter Dillian Whyte so that he can setup a big British bash between Whyte and Joshua. Hearn would pull all the strings in a promotion involving Whyte and Joshua. And the best part of all, Joshua wouldn’t be at nearly the same risk compared to if he were facing Wilder. It’s a win-win for Hearn. If Whyte beats Wilder, it takes a load off Hearn’s shoulders. He knows Joshua beats Whyte. He doesn’t know that Joshua beats Wilder.
I’m a dangerous fighter to anybody that steps in the ring, because I have two things you can’t teach, and that’s explosive power and awkwardness,” said Wilder. “My coming back, I would love to have the Ortiz fight. I would love to have that and get that going. If you’re the ‘Boogeyman’ of the sport, if people are scared to fight you, let me tell you who ain’t.”
“Ortiz is considered the ‘Boogeyman’ of the sport, whatever that means? I’m the one that’s calling him out. I’m the one that wants to see him in that ring, and I do mean soon.”