Wilder vs Ortiz: Who do you think will win the heavyweight showdown?

He will be making the sixth defence of his title having stopped Bermane Stiverne in November

If we're honest, it's the same uncertainty that hangs over the division as a whole.

"Hearn knows I'm a risky factor to his operation".

Joshua, the poster boy of British boxing and one of the biggest names in the sport globally, is widely considered the best heavyweight on the planet but Wilder insists he is No.1.

By the standards of previous generations, Deontay Wilder is a perfectly very bad fighter.

The WBC champion puts his title on the line against undefeated Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz here in NY on Saturday night in what is widely considered the hardest fight of his career to date.

If Joshua beats Joseph Parker at the end of the month, he'll bag the WBO world title and add it to his collection which includes the WBA (super) and IBF titles.

And Wilder vs. Ortiz isn't the only heavyweight fight this weekend. Ortiz hasn't looked anything close to special since he devastated Bryant Jennings in seven rounds back on December 19, 2015.

Wilder holds the only other recognisable belt.

"Come on, man. Come on", Wilder told CBS Sports' "In This Corner" podcast on Monday.

"The second time we already assumed he would do it and he did".

He's making very small money and needs a new promoter.

"I think Ortiz is one of the best technical fighters in the business with his Cuban background".

Perhaps one of the best ways of distinguishing between the top fighters is by talking to people who have shared the ring with more than one of them. "So, in order for people to take me seriously, in order for me to really be about what I say, [I had to do it]". It was my mistake not to disclose that prescription drug in the paperwork. "Of course, I expect him to win, but it will be a 60-40, maybe even a 50-50 fight". I don't think there's going to be nowhere they are going to be able to run once I do what I'm going to do with Luis Ortiz. I drink two gallons of water per day.

Wilder could have said no and chosen not to give Ortiz another shot, despite Ortiz's insistence that he didn't cheat past year and that his positive drug test was because of medication for high blood pressure. If Wilder wins, then no rematch would be guaranteed.

Is Wilder great? Well, we can't say.

Ortiz further stated, "Let Wilder talk and insult me all he wants to but he is in for a rude awakening come Saturday, March 3rd". I've given you the knockouts you want to see.

"When you're dealing with a guy who wants to rip his head off, wants to get in there not scared of no man no matter who they are, no matter what type of build, no matter what school they come from, no matter what country they come from, it's a different story", Wilder said. "They don't know. But they have to appreciate the new era and Deontay Wilder is among the new era".

The two unbeaten champions will fight in Cardiff on April 1.

"Is Dillian Whyte a tougher fight than Luis Ortiz?".

Ortiz is a bigger and more refined boxer than Szpilka. At 37, many are expecting "King Kong" to be knocked out of contention with a defeat to Wilder tomorrow.

The last, and most apparent, reason the champion will likely retain is Wilder's reach advantage. He has also improved on the accuracy of his long jab to set it up. Throughout history, that man has always been the heavyweight champion of the world, something boxing hasn't really had since Lewis retired following an unexpectedly hard win over Klitschko's big brother Vitali in 2002. This is a proper fight, his first real test.

"There's something about that right hand". The question is, will that danger propel Wilder to a performance we have yet to see from him and the kind that will ultimately define his career? I'm not ruling out a late 10th round knockout victory. But go back and watch the body language of the man who stepped into the ring last November against Stiverne. Deontay is ready to prove that he's the baddest man on the planet.

Pick: Wilder by 6th-round KO.

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