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Deontay Wilder warns heavyweights: I’ll easily get to 50-0 after I unify titles

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Feb

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Deontay Wilder certainly doesn’t lack for confidence. And why should he?

The 6-foot-6 heavyweight is undefeated through 39 pro fights and he’s knocked out every opponent who’s stepped in the ring with him.

His last foe, Bermane Stiverne, found himself unconscious, slumped over the bottom rope. And as Wilder prepares for his toughest challenge yet, RING No. 4 heavyweight Luis Ortiz on March 3 in Brooklyn, the WBC heavyweight titleholder is throwing out a warning for the other men in his division.

“Once I unify all the titles then line up the mandatories, I’ll easily get to 50-0,” Wilder, THE RING’s No. 2 heavyweight, said Thursday as he worked out at Team Watson Boxing Club. “I’m not a 12-round fighter, and I don’t get overtime. I’m a knockout artist. So that being said, I don’t take much damage, but I give all the damage.”

Wilder (39-0, 38 knockouts) has certainly inflicted plenty of harm on his opponents to this point. And to unify titles, the Olympic bronze medalist will have to secure the super fight he so badly desires with Anthony Joshua.

The Brit fights Joseph Parker on March 31 (also on Showtime) and if Joshua wins as expected, he’ll hold three heavyweight titles. Wilder holds the other belt, but he’s yet to face a fighter the ilk of Ortiz, an accomplished amateur who can bang and box.

They were slated to meet in November, but Ortiz failed a PED test. Now, they’re set to clash once more, and it’s Ortiz who is standing in the way of Wilder’s dream to face Joshua.

“This is one of the biggest fights of my career and I’m up for the challenge,” Wilder said. “I’m going to pass with flying colors.”

The great Rocky Marciano reached 49-0 and then retired. If Wilder can indeed reach his lofty goal, he won’t just be undisputed. He’ll be legendary.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Tony Nightstick

    Wilder couldn’t carry Marciano’s jock strap, to coin a phrase.

    • bamladen

      What exactly makes Marciano such a great champion other than being undefeated??? Who exactly did he beat in those 49 wins that makes him so impressive???

      • Mike M.

        At 5’11 and 188 lbs Marciano struck with some frightening power, I legit wonder how he managed to not kill anyone in the ring. He had nice footwork and under appreciated upper body movement imo. I’ve always felt it was the violent way he typically ended his fights is what really built his legend, not his resume.

        • left hook

          Did u feel the power yourself? Lol. And you didn’t answer his question, who did he beat to make him great?
          Prihard Colan, Mike Jones, Broner are all good skilful fighters, doesn’t mean they are great.
          And if u are basing it on power, Wilder has frightening power, does that mean his great?

          • bamladen

            Couldn’t have said it better myself. Many fighters look the part. Marciano doesn’t have anything but old champions, and guys with losing records on his resume. Wilder has literally knocked out 30+ fighters in under 4 rounds, had guys convulsive and have to be carried out on stretchers. Yet he doesn’t look the part. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who sees this.

          • Mike M.

            Do any of us? and I did answer his question when I said, Ive always his legend was built on his in-ring reputation..rather than his resume. I wasn’t agreeing or disagreeing with him.

          • Mike M.

            Other than a 33 year old Ezzard Charlse who made for some legendary fights with Rocky, all the legends he faced were already pretty old. Lois, Walcott and Moore were 38, 37 and 36, but I’ve read multiple articles stating Lois was the odds favorite to beat Marciano when that fight took place believe it or not. I personally don’t view Marciano as a top 10 ATG heavyweight.

          • left hook

            Fair enough

        • Julio

          Marciano became some sort of a legend because of his undefeated record, but there is not much else that can truly substantiate that claim.

        • Turner Wednesday

          Much like Mike Tyson.

      • left hook

        To be honest…I ask the same question myself.

      • ozzy

        Who has Luis Ortiz beaten? The way he’s spoken about on this website you’d think Ortiz was the second coming of Tyson and not an old man created by HBO who can only knock over bums!
        If posters on this site can recognise problems implied by Marciano’s record why can’t they do the same with Ortiz’s?

        • bamladen

          You would have to ask one of these posters who put Ortiz on that pedestal. I’ve been saying Ortiz would get knocked out by wilder since Ortiz made his comeback on ggg vs lemeiux undercard. They would probably be hard to find now that wilder is gonna end the debate about Ortiz once and for all. Suddenly Ortiz has gone from the boogeyman of the division to an old washed up has been by those same posters.

    • robert white

      if rocky were here now, he would be the undisputed cruiserweight champ, for about as long as he chose to hold it.

      • Col Carter

        Not if Jerry Quarry was also around. That would be a classic fight at around 190 pounds.

  • Lion king

    Didn’t Wilder got found guilty of possession of weed.
    He must get tested before talking about 50-0 I think he’s closer to 39-1 if he survives Ortiz then AJ will take care

  • Frank-dogg

    Wilder is funny! That weed smoke is making Wilder speak all kinds of gibberish. He needs to pass that joint and focus on King Kong. Hehe 😎👍

    • ceylon mooney

      he called him bubbles the chimp a while back. also said “you know what happened to king kong when he came to new york”

      the man can deal an insult real good

  • ceylon mooney

    i think wilder wastes gypsy king. i think he KOs joshua.

    i SO wanta see one champ take on all the mandatories. a few people wanta conquer but bo one wants to rule. i think joahua and wilder real do.

    • Julio

      Its hard to gauge what Wilder can really do since he hasn’t faced anyone with a pulse yet. At least we know that Joshua wont lay down if the going gets tough. We have no clue if Deontay has it in him.

      • ceylon mooney

        i hear you, but i cant go that far with deontay; hes had a few respectable opponents. joshuas resume is much better for sure, but weve seen some of wilders assets, and theyre quite potent–im not just talkin about the power of that right hand.

        sure im biased–wilder is my favorite HW. but i really do think hes got enough to do it. he sure as shit can use his limited arsenal. i think hell have an opportunity to use it.

        • Julio

          We nave seen some of his assets, but they looked potent versus opposition that were not supposed to test those assets. We’ll see.

        • Andy T

          Yeh AJ cv is better than Wilders in half the time and some of the fighters AJ beat there stock is rising Whyte, Breazeale.
          Wilder has not been tested yet but not due to the competition he has faced AJ beats him🥊

    • AngelMorningstar

      He has no chance against the black colossus not even a punchers chance because AJ won’t let him. To be honest I believe the Uber old ass Cuban gonna whip his ass as well.

      • BobbyPFalcon

        AJ’s lack of head movement would spell doom against the much-quicker Wilder.

        • Turner Wednesday

          Yeah, AJ will never see that wide, winging, windmill of a right hand from Wilder. Nor will he be able to figure out that stick leg, Bambi like footwork.

          SMH.

          • Floridastorm

            I didn’t see much wild swinging against Stiverne or Brown. Straight as an arrow down the middle connecting with concussive force. Right between their guards.

          • Turner Wednesday
      • ceylon mooney

        AJ is quite hittable and wilder has serious handspeed. that 1-2 is the fastest thin in HW. his timing has gotten pretty damn good too. he has a great chance.

    • WR

      You think wilder KOs Joshua? when that fight gets signed.I got a $100 that says that’s Not gonna happen. You betting it just posting?

      • robert white

        i like both fellows. i think josh has more overall skill. wilder, is so long and lean.and with that big right hand, kind of like a huge tommy hearns. A huge right hand, but, in his case, not much else. In heavyweights, sometimes, its just who lands the first big bomb. however, klit knocked josh down good. and, josh got up, and won the fight. deontay, needs to concentrate on Ortiz, for now. Shit happens…

        • Floridastorm

          Wilder has a pretty stiff jab that he uses quite a bit. I’m quite sure that his jab could even knock someone out. He just has incredible power that no heavyweight can stand against if he is hit with it enough. Ortiz is not going to last long. Couldn’t even hurt Malik Scott over 12 rounds. Wilder knocked Scott cold in one round.

      • ceylon mooney

        i do.

        its rare that i bet, and i aint this time. but im still sayin wilder by KO.

        • WR

          Ok I guess You’re just posting then

  • Black Oracle

    50-0 shouldn’t be a problem in this era.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    That won’t happen. Only Floyd is great enough to go 50-0.

    • bradman

      Tell that to Ricardo Lopez.

    • Floridastorm

      Floyd is not 50-0. He’s 49-0. UFC is not part of professional boxing and, as such, does not count.

      • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

        Floyd is actually 51-0. You guys forgot he KOed The Big Show at Wrestlemania.

  • BobbyPFalcon

    Ortiz is no joke. Wilder must bring his best game to beat him.

    • Julio

      If Ortiz comes in ready, we will know for once if Wilder has something in him.

    • ozzy

      You must have amnesia – the 2 fights Ortiz had in Europe shows that he’s very much an HBO creation. I expect Wilder to KO Ortiz & then declare that he’s the best fighter in the world ever – the joke is that guys like you will believe him!

  • Shawn

    For all we know, a bed ridden paraplegic, stretched out on a hospital bed, with wheels, might beat the brown bomber. Wilders footwork, may be better than the paraplegics bedwork though. That’s all we really know at this point.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    We will see how he does against Ortiz on March 3. If he blows him up like the Maine in Havana harbor at the first opportunity, then the other heavies including Joshua should better watch out. If he somewhat struggles and still wins convincingly on points or late round stoppage, the same caution. But if he loses, then he is as fake as his current 39-0 chart.

    • Dee Money

      Wow, not very often you see people bringing up the Spanish-American war (and causes of) around here. I guess the call to, ‘Remember the Maine’ holds true.

  • ozzy

    Ortiz is old enough to be Wilder’s dad, Wilder should be able to KO the guy or he should retire!

  • PrinceGian

    Marciano, arguably the most overrated boxer in history. 6 title defences, 3 of those against fighters who fought most of their careers at Light Heavyweight. His only notable victory as far as I can see was against Ezzard Charles. Walcott, Moore, and Lousie were all much older than ‘The Rock’ when he fought them. I suppose its only fitting that Wilder aspires to his record.

    • Dee Money

      And even Charles’ best years were spent at LHW. I agree that Rock’s record tends for him to be overrated by casual fans (its crazy to think he had multiple fights against guys with losing records in the same year he beat Louis); that being written he was one of the best fighters ever to compete at the modern cruiserweight limit.

    • Stash One

      More over-rated then Mike Tyson ? the more i look at Tyson the more i think he was KO’ing bums and lost against every world class opponent he ever fought.

      • Turner Wednesday

        Agreed. Who did Tyson beat, really? A pumped up light heavy, Spinks, and that is it.

  • Rolly Arellano

    One solid punch from either fighter, and lights out for the other. Suspenseful!

  • Keano

    BUMSQUAD

  • Hurricane Andrew

    I can see Ortiz beating Wilder not unlike Corrie Sanders blitzing Wladimir Klitschko almost 15 years ago. Wilder isn’t taking Ortiz seriously enough because of the drug test flop, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the best opponent (on paper) of his career.Wilder may most likely win, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see Ortiz expose Wilder as quickly as Sanders exposed the faults of Wlad. I think Wilder is in for more than he thinks he’s in for.

  • Stash One

    If he’s never going to fight anyone decent and continue the way he has then i expect 50-0 wont be a problem, what excuse can he possibly have for Joshua being in the game for 2 minutes and facing Klitschko ? while this coward just keeps hiding and fighting bums.