And then Wilder signed to fight an optional defense against Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs), considered even more unsafe than Povetkin, only to have their fight last November canceled when Ortiz tested positive for two banned substances.
2 p.m.: Hello all and welcome to SN's live, on-site coverage of Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz. Ortiz would pound Wilder the remainder of the round with right hooks and left hands and seemed on the verge of knocking him out.
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Wilder said despite being wobbled in the seventh, he never doubted himself.
The fifth was to bring the fight into life with Ortiz firstly landing more and more frequent with the lead right hand for the majority of the round, even bouncing on his feet showing how nimble he was.
Wilder admits that he has been viewing Joshua's own title fights very closely ahead of a potential meeting between the pair.
Deontay Wilder (right) knocked down Luis Ortiz three times in the fight, finishing off the challenger with a right uppercut as the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round.
With no date set he had to fight the unsafe counter-punching Ortiz (28-1).
After the fight Wilder talked about his performance.
It was a series of wild punches that dropped Ortiz twice in the 10th. "Now I can say there's no man that stepped in the ring that I haven't put on their ass".
The IBF and WBA champion takes on Joseph Parker in Cardiff on 31 March, with the New Zealander's WBO strap also on the line in the first heavyweight unification clash fight ever held in the United Kingdom.
"I'm ready right now", Wilder said.
"I want to unify". I'm ready whenever those guys are. I'm Joe Rivera and I will be your party host for tonight's proceedings. "This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight".