The rest of 2019 is set to be pretty hot in the boxing world with two massive fights already announced – both of which being re-matches. Deontay Wilder is set to face Luis Ortiz for a second time; while Anthony Joshua hopes to re-gain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles having lost them to Andy Ruiz Jr in June. There has also been much speculation on Manny Pacquiao and his future opponents – with the re-match between Pac-Man and Floyd Mayweather Jr apparently ‘firmly on the cards’. The Filipino has reportedly already turned down the advances of Keith Thurman and Jeff Horn. Ahead of these two giant clashes, you can find all the latest boxing matches odds online.
The two previously met on March 3rd, 2018 at the Barclays Center, New York. Although the date and location for their latest bout is yet to be announced, it’s another opportunity for Wilder to preserve his record of no losses (currently 41 wins, 1 draw). While for Ortiz, it’s a second stab at claiming the WBC heavyweight title.
Their last meeting began a cagey affair, with Ortiz possibly the better of the two. However, things took a turn in the fifth round with Wilder landing a powerful right-hand combination and from that point on, it was all him. The Bronze Bomber sent the Cuban to the canvas twice in the tenth round, before unleashing a right uppercut to send Ortiz to the deck for the third time. This time the referee intervened and waved the contest off – Wilder winning by technical knockout.
Since then, Wilder has managed to retain his title, with a draw against Tyson Fury and a win over Dominic Breazeale. Ortiz has a 100% record since meeting Wilder, with wins over Romanians Răzvan Cojanu and Christian Hammer, as well as American Travis Kauffman. While none of those bouts were for belts, there’s no doubting that Ortiz will relish another stab at a title – and who knows, if he is successful, we may not even see the re-match between Wilder and Fury that we are all expecting.
It was a massive shock to the boxing world when AJ lost his four heavyweight titles to American Andy Ruiz Jr – and a re-match for him to regain unification, as well as prove the doubters wrong was definitely on the cards straight away. What may be more surprising is that the fight will take place in the Middle East – in Saudi Arabia. The two are set to fight on Saturday 7th December in Diriyah.
Neither Joshua or Ruiz have fought since and AJ will certainly be geared up to “right [my] wrongs” over his opponent. Their initial meeting in June proved to be a disastrous debut in the USA for AJ, who was floored four times, prior to his seventh-round defeat by technical knockout. At the time of the stoppage, Ruiz Jr was winning on two scorecards, 57-56 – and his victory not only put a blemish on AJ’s 100% record but proved to be one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.
But will we see Pacquaio take on Mayweather for part II, or even Fury and Wilder battle it out for victory? Watch this space!
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