THE climax of
their thrilling first fight offered Deontay Wilder the perfect get-out,
that is, the chance to never again have to deal with problematic Cuban southpaw
Luis Ortiz. Yet what preceded his 10th-round stoppage win made enough of
a case for Ortiz to chase a second chance and a rematch to take place, which it
does this Saturday (November 23) at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

That it takes
place speaks to a few things. Firstly, it says a lot for Wilder’s fearlessness
and his desire to clear up any grey areas on a record dominated by knockouts of
the clean, conclusive variety. Secondly, it says a lot for the WBC heavyweight
champion’s reluctance to go down the same path of Tyson Fury as he waits to
rematch the ‘Gypsy King’ at some point in 2020.

Instead of killing
time against soft touches, Wilder seems happy to risk everything he has, and
all he could get, to go over old ground in what could amount to a hiding to
nothing. After all, should he stop Ortiz again Wilder will merely be repeating
a trick he performed in March 2018. Lose, though, and everything goes up
in smoke.

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