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Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17

Ortiz vs. Wilder

Boxing: Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Barclays Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Showtime

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBC heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 38-0 record that includes 37 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a February win over Gerald Washington. Wilder is fighting for the second time this year and will be fighting outside of Alabama for the second time in his last six fights. Wilder is a 32-year-old American who stands at 6’7”, has an 83 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Wilder is an athletic boxer with terrific length and is built like a linebacker who has pure raw strength. Wilder has a devastating right hand that’s ended majority of his fights, and Bermane Stiverne is the only person to go the distance with him. From an offensive standpoint and physical presence, Wilder is one of the scarier boxers on the planet. The concerns are that Wilder can be a bit wild at times and lacks great technique, and he also lacks the quality names on his resume to prove he’s as good as his record. This will be Wilder’s second fight in New York.

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17

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Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 23 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over David Allen. Ortiz will be fighting for the first time this year and looks to build on the momentum of some of the best wins of his career. Ortiz is a 38-year-old Cuban who stands at 6’4”, has an 84 inch reach and is a southpaw. Ortiz moves well for a guy his size and has underrated hand speed, as he mixes in combinations well to go along with his obvious punching power. Ortiz cuts the ring off well with his size and unleashes power punches that wear his opponent down. Ortiz can also take a punch and has never been knocked down in his career. A total of 23 of Ortiz’s last 24 victories have come by some sort of stoppage. The concern is obviously Ortiz’s age, as you have to question when the big man is going to wear down and if he can hang with Wilder’s athleticism. This will be Ortiz’s third fight in New York.

I have my same concerns with Wilder that most boxing fans have, and it’s that he has very little technique and relies all on his punching power and wild swinging. An experienced boxer such as Ortiz who can match in power but also has a good boxing IQ, is a tricky southpaw and has the footwork can give Wilder serious problems. Even with that said, I’m still leaning Wilder because of the athleticism and the size advantage. I’m not sure Ortiz can be effective in later rounds against Wilder and the three-inch height advantage opens up tons of angles on counters. This is the biggest test of Wilder’s career, but his size does open the door to victory.

Must-watch fight, but I’m siding with Wilder to be the guy who remains undefeated.

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