Wilder promises knockout wins
New York: World Boxing Council champion Deontay Wilder vowed to “get rid” of Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury in his coming fights amid “surreal” scenes at a restaurant opening in West Yorkshire. America’s Wilder spoke to BBC Sport after tucking into burger and pizza at the Batley eatery and said he would look to unify the heavyweight division after facing Fury early on in 2020.
With hundreds of members of the public chanting and eagerly waiting outside to snap a picture, Wilder said that despite delays in finalising a date, a bout with Ortiz will still take place this year.
“Ortiz is definitely happening,” he said. “I am looking forward to fighting him. After I knock him out I will go to Fury, knock him out and then we will go for a unification.” American-born Andy Ruiz, who fights under the Mexican flag, currently holds the division’s IBF, WBO and WBA titles after a sensational stoppage of Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June.
Wilder last fought in May with an incredible first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to maintain his unbeaten record. “It has been amazing watching all the fighters,” he said. “Moments where it has been memorable and history has been made, and upsets too - the sport has blossomed.
“As a champion, sitting back watching it has been amazing to see what is going on and the dynamics. Once I get rid of Ortiz, I will get rid of Fury too. We will figure it out but Ortiz comes first.”