Former heavyweight world, Evander Holyfield, has opened up on the upcoming fight between WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Cuba's Luis Ortiz.
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Wilder and Ortiz will be going face to face for the second time on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
However, YEN.com.gh has sighted a video of Holyfield explaining why Wilder should have snubbed Ortiz after winning the first time.
According to the retired American boxer, Ortiz is one of the most feared boxers in the world and Wilder after claiming the victory in their first time should have moved on instead of giving the Cuban a rematch.
Despite his fear, Holyfield could win the rematch because he has the self-confidence that has helped him gone through tough battles.
Holyfield is a Hall of Famer and during his active days, he defeated Mike Tyson in a crunch fight.
Wilder and Ortiz first fight came off on March 3, 2018, and the former won via technical knockout in round 10.
The fight had a fairly cagey start as both men tried to work behind their jab with the more active and aggressive Ortiz getting the better of the first 4 rounds.
The fight took a twist at the end of the 5th round as Wilder landed a powerful right hand on Ortiz' forehead that made the challenger stumble before Wilder caught him with a second right hand to the temple that sent Ortiz backwards into the ropes and on to the floor.
Watch the video below:
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Ortiz got to his feet and beat the count only for the bell to ring before any more punches could be thrown.
Wilder began to find the target more in the 6th and he caught Ortiz with a right hand in the 7th but was clipped himself by counter right hook from Ortiz that stunned Wilder as Ortiz followed it up with a hard left hook, then began to unload and land hard shots to both head and body including a couple of big straight left hands that left the champion shaken and hanging on before the bell sounded to signal the end of the round.
At the start of the 8th round Wilder's corner signalled to the referee to call time out to inspect Wilder's face giving him around an extra 20 seconds of recovery time despite there being no obvious cut or injury.
Ortiz then tried to press home his advantage stalking Wilder as the champion looked for counters whilst regaining his composure.
In the 9th Wilder made better use of his range and jab and towards the end of the round pushed Ortiz back with right hand before rushing in and nearly getting caught by a counter left hand by Ortiz which in turn blocked another right hand from Wilder.
The entertaining contest took another turn mid way through the 10th round as both men exchanged blows with left hand by Ortiz and a right hook from Wilder that forced both men to grab each other with Ortiz being thrown to the ground by Wilder.
The referee signalled no knockdown before Wilder unleashed a barrage of punches in a slightly wild and unorthodox yet ruthless and clinical fashion, Ortiz stood his ground until a heavy right hand pierced his guard and wobbled him before a second sent him down to the canvas on his knees.
Ortiz managed to regain his feet for a second time but in the following exchange was immediately caught by another hard right hand from Wilder that staggered him, before the champion again unloaded another flurry of punches with a right uppercut finally putting Ortiz down for the third and final time in the fight as the referee stepped in to wave the contest off.
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