Wilder prom­ises knock­out wins

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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.”

-BBC Sports

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