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Old 03-04-2018, 03:31 AM   #6
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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is the longest-reigning of any current titleholder in his division, but his critics accused him of never having tested himself against a top-drawer challenger.

That accusation ended today.

Luis Ortiz was the enigma of the heavyweights. A defensively-proficient southpaw with a left hand that flies down the pipe, nobody fights him unless they really have to.

But, Wilder welcomed the opportunity, dealt with adversity and triumphed.

The champion from Alabama moved to 40-0 with a 10th round TKO that finished a wildly entertaining and seesawing contest. The finishing blow was a decapitating uppercut that even left Wilder stunned when it was replayed after the fight. Oh my God, he said.

Wilder showed huge heart to recover from a punishing eighth round to hand Ortiz his first defeat in 29 fights after it looked like going the other way.

A true champion always finds a way to come back, thats what I did tonight. Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy ... he put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down, Wilder said. I showed everyone I can take a punch.
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