LAS VEGAS — WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder continued his title reign with a one-punch knockout victory over Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in the seventh round of their rematch Saturday night that headlined a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder made his 10th consecutive successful title defense, tying him with Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Tommy Burns and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as the only heavyweight champions to achieve that feat.
In a rematch of their epic 2018 fight that saw Wilder rally back from nearly being stopped to knock out Ortiz in round 10, the fight again saw both men hold the momentum of the fight at different times.
Ortiz controlled much of the action of the fight as he sought to become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in history. Wilder was not very active in the early rounds, while Ortiz was able to effectively jab, move and throw overhand lefts to rack up rounds on the scorecard.
"With Ortiz, you can see why no other heavyweight wants to fight him," said Wilder. "He's very crafty, he moves strategically and his intellect is very high. I had to measure him in certain places."
Much of Wilder's attack throughout the first six rounds was centered on his jab and a sweeping left hook that didn't seem to land cleanly until early in round seven. With the seventh round waning, Wilder used a feint and a straight right cross to put Ortiz down, the first time he had been hurt at all in the fight.
"I had to go in and out and finally I found my measurement," said Wilder. "I saw the shot and I took it. My intellect is very high in the ring and no one gives me credit for me. I think I buzzed him with a left hook earlier in the round and I took it from there."
While Ortiz was able to get to his feet, referee Kenny Bayless waived off the bout at 2:51 into the seventh round. Ortiz led on all three scorecards, by margins of 58-56 and 59-55 twice. According to CompuBox, Ortiz out landed Wilder 35 to 34, with a 28 to 17 advantage in power punches.
"This is boxing," said Ortiz. "I said that one of us was going to get knocked out and it wasn't going to go 12 rounds. I was clear headed when I hit the canvas. When I heard the referee say seven I was trying to get up, but I guess the count went a little quicker than I thought.
"This was a great fight and I thought I was clearly winning," continued Ortiz. "I got caught with a big shot and I have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit. I knew my movement was giving him problems. I landed some big shots and I thought I had him hurt. I thought I was up by the count and could have continued."
In the ring following the fight, Ortiz asserted that he will continue his quest for a heavyweight championship.
"Deontay showed great will and I'm not ashamed with my performance," said Ortiz. "I know I can beat anyone in the heavyweight division. My career is not over. I'm going to work my way back into a big fight."
After the fight, Wilder told FOX Sports' Heidi Androl that his goal is to unify the heavyweight division and become undisputed champion.
"Next, we have Tyson Fury in the rematch," said Wilder." It's scheduled for February, so we'll see. Then, I want unification. I want one champion, one face and one heavyweight champion - Deontay Wilder. The heavyweight division is too small, there should be one champion and it's Deontay Wilder."