‘A Lot of People Avoided that Man’ – Deontay Wilder Boasts His Wins Against a Skillful Southpaw

Published 10/06/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Luis Ortiz (green shorts) and Deontay Wilder (yellow and black shorts) fight during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)


Over the course of his career, Deontay Wilder has faced many left-handed boxers. Hence, he understands how tricky a southpaw boxer can be. We recently saw Oleksandr Usyk, a former cruiserweight star, benefit from his southpaw stance and defeat Anthony Joshua in a lopsided showdown on September 25.

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Talking about Wilder, while several people demean the American KO-star for lacking skills, reality offers a very contrasting picture. Ahead of his return on October 9, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ sat with Brian Custer and expressed his mindset regarding many things.

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Wilder also mentioned Luis Ortiz and hailed the Cuban veteran. He even shared his opinion on why most A-listers avoid ‘King Kong’.

“To this day, no one wants to fight Luis Ortiz… When they say Ortiz is old, these fighters use it as an excuse not to fight the highly skillful southpaw I fought twice. A lot of people avoided that man because they didn’t wanna get beat,” said Deontay Wilder. (H/T:- Michael Benson)

Luis Ortiz troubled Deontay Wilder in both their encounters. He landed various major blows and had almost stopped Wilder in the first fight. However, the American powerhouse found his way back in both bouts and won via KO. Thus, it speaks a lot about Deontay Wilder’s power, which has knocked down almost every opponent he has faced in the professional circuit.

As several people now credit Oleksandr Usyk’s southpaw stance for beating Joshua, Wilder isn’t new to that feature. However, all of this supremacy will be in vain if ‘The Bronze Bomber’ fails to beat Fury.

Can Deontay Wilder regain his lost charm?

‘The Bronze Bomber’ is coming into this fight after suffering the first and only loss of his career, which he has not accepted till date. Wilder continues to blame Mark Breland for throwing in the towel.

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Now though, Wilder has a new team and trainer in Malik Scott. After infusing several new techniques, Wilder believes he can avenge the loss and has also warned Fury of fatal consequences.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Deontay Wilder weighs in against Tyson Fury during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Thus, he has all the features required to outshine Tyson Fury. However, it won’t be easy as overpowering the undefeated British will demand a lot from Wilder.

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Both men have a lot on the line, therefore they are bound to perform at their best when they step inside the ring. Are you excited to watch Fury and Wilder compete? Who do you think will win the bout? Let us know.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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