Deontay Wilder: I Am “King Of The Jungle,” Will Knock Out Anthony Joshua

After an epic knockout of Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) has his sights set on Anthony Joshua

Reiter Than You
March 08, 2018 - 9:00 pm

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Anyone who thinks there are no stars in boxing or that the sweet science has lost its sizzle didn’t see Deontay Wilder’s epic knockout of Luis Ortiz in Brooklyn this past Saturday.

Wilder scored a 10th-round knockout following a furious flurry that sent a dazed Ortiz to his knees. Ortiz somehow made it back to his feet, but the fight ended a few punches later.

“That’s what happens when you put the best with the best. You have fights like that,” Wilder said on Reiter Than You. “That’s why it’s very important that matchmakers, promoters, they make the best fights possible and give the fans what they want to see. If you’re going to pay your hard-earned money, you deserve to come and watch the best. That night, the world witnessed what the best fighting the best looked like.”

Wilder improved to 40-0 (39 KOs) with the win, while Ortiz (28-1) suffered the first loss of his career.

It was a fight for the ages.

“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you can dig deep down inside,” Wilder said. “Even when it seems like you got nothing left, even when it may seem like people feel like it’s the end (for) you, you must believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you convince others to believe in you? How could you convince people to trust in what you say if you don’t believe in what you say? That right there, that night, I showed people that not only did I believe, but I trusted my abilities. I trusted that I’m going to do what I say I’m going to do – and I did it.”

Wilder and Ortiz were evenly matched for most of the match, with Wilder taking some vicious shots in the seventh round, in particular.

No matter. Wilder, as usual, found a way.

“A true champion knows how to adjust,” he said. “A true champion knows how to keep his composure, keep his promise, knowing that he can weather the storm. This is nothing. We’re in the battlefield. I am the king of the jungle. I am the lion.”

Up next for the lion? Hopefully Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), who has held the IBF title since 2016 and the WBA and IBO titles since 2017.

“Man, I think this fight happens,” said Wilder, the WBC champ. “After how so may people responded to the fight (with Ortiz), I think you’re definitely going to see this fight this year. I can’t say that if it’s going to be the next fight on their (side). He still has a fight coming up March 31, so he must win that one.”

Joshua will fight Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) in Wales on March 31.

Yes, Wilder knew the date.

“After that, we’ll see,” he said. “It’s definitely going to happen this year. That’s the fight people want. They’re screaming for it.”

And if it does, in fact, happen?

“You can expect what you always expect of Deontay Wilder: definitely a knockout,” he said. “My confidence level was already over the roof. But now after beating Luis Ortiz, knowing that he has that fundamental style – he’s the best in the division when it comes to boxing skill – I just took out that man. And he was a southpaw. My confidence is at an all-time high now, so I can’t wait of that fight to come. You’re definitely listening to the guy that’s going to unify the division. There will be one champion, one face, one name – and he (goes) by the name of Deontay Wilder.”