Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime, Deontay Wilder returns to action to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz in the main event of a doubleheader from Brooklyn.
Wil Esco will be here to cover the round-by-round for both of tonight’s bouts.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KO) was supposed to face Ortiz (28-0, 24 KO) last November, but the bout was scrapped when Ortiz failed a drug test. He’s since been cleared by the WBC, and is back in line tonight. On paper, he’s Wilder’s toughest test to date, but the same is also true in reverse.
In the co-feature, super middleweights Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO) and Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO) meet for a second time, following last May’s controversial Dirrell disqualification victory over Uzcategui, which was infamously followed by a member of Dirrell’s team sucker punching Uzcategui. Dirrell is now training with Virgil Hunter, which we’ll have to see if that makes a difference for the veteran, who is still looking to win his first world title.
- DEONTAY WILDER def. LUIS ORTIZ by TKO (2:05 of Round 10)
- JOSE UZCATEGUI def. ANDRE DIRRELL by TKO (0:02 of Round 9)
ROUND BY ROUND
DEONTAY WILDER vs LUIS ORTIZ
Round 1: Wilder comes out with a jab but misses, and Ortiz tries to counter but also can’t find the range. Wilder measuring with his jab, keeping Ortiz on the outside early, and looks like he’s waiting for Ortiz to over-commit so he can land his power shots. Ortiz tries a left hand to the body but Wilder skips out of range. Wilder lands a grazing jab over the rop of Ortiz’s guard. Wilder overreaches with a right hand and Ortiz misses with his counter. Jab lands for Ortiz. No fireworks in the opening round and not many punches of consequence. I think Ortiz’s final jab just wins him the round. Ortiz 10-9.
Round 2: Wilder measuring with his left hand again, looking for a bid right. Ortiz doesn’t take the bait. Ortiz walking forward but not recklessly, and Wilder grazes him with another left. Ortiz falls to the canvas after trying an overhand left, ruled a slip. Wilder tries to jump on him for a moment but Ortiz was ready for it. No real clean punches landed thus far through the opening two rounds, a real nip-and-tuck fight early. Left hand to the body lands for Ortiz. WIlder whiffs with a big right hand but Wilder gets in a counter right. I’ll split the difference and give the edge to Wilder in this round. Wilder 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Ortiz lands a jab to the body. Ortiz triples the jab but Wilder backs away and poses for the crowd. Good jab lands for Ortiz upstairs this time. Ortiz tries a left hand downstairs but it only grazes Wilder. Not much to choose from between the fighters and the crowd starts booing. Ortiz tries another triple jab but they fall short. These are pretty hard rounds to score because not much is landing from either guy, but I’ll give this to Ortiz who is pressing the fight more. Ortiz 10-9.
Round 4: Ortiz and his corner knows Wilder is looking to land a monster right so they’re focused on avoiding giving him that opportunity. Wilder lands a lead right hand on Ortiz. Ortiz hits Wilder to the body with a left, Wilder gets one back upstairs. Wilder slaps his chest to taunt Ortiz. The crowd still isn’t happy with the pace of this fight and Ortiz lands a left hand right on Wilder’s face. Another left hand lands for Ortiz. Ortiz nows tries a right hook to the body as he has Wilder along the ropes but it’s a grazing shot. Wilder isn’t punching much at all in this fight. Now Wilder pushes Ortiz back and is warned by the referee for the flagrant move. Ortiz 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Ortiz blocks a Wilder left hook. Ortiz continues to come forward and throws a short combination that Wilder smirks at. Hard left to the body lands for Ortiz. Wilder having difficulty dealing with the boxing craft of Ortiz, even if he’s younger and fresher than him. Wilder gets in a jab on the outside but misses the second. Ortiz comes back with another combination and he’s out-throwing Wilder by a good by to my eye, even if he’s not landing a whole lot. Ortiz clips Wilder while he’s in the corner and Wilder loads up on a right hand that Ortiz is able to smother. Hard right hand shocks Ortiz and Wilder jumps on him to put him down! That’s Wilder’s big equalizer!! Wilder 10-8.
Round 6: Ortiz looks like he’s regained his composure to start the round. Ortiz comes forward with two jabs and Wilder clips him and Ortiz slaps his gloves together. Hard right hand lands for Wilder and Ortiz fires back in desperation. Ortiz walks it off for a moment as Wilder has shown he can hurt Ortiz at any moment, even while he’s getting outboxed. Now Wilder is pressing forward a little, sensing he has Ortiz where he wants him. Good jab lands for Ortiz. Now Ortiz comes forward looking to land a big left but it just misses. Both fighters exchange power ounches and it seems like both of them could go down at any moment. Wilder 10-9, 57-56.
Round 7: Jab lands for Ortiz. Ortiz coming forward again, looking to land his jab followed by a left hand. Right hand lead lands for Wilder. The action slows down again but Ortiz leaps forward with a left hand. TWO HARD SHOTS SHAKE UP WILDER! ANOTHER FLURRY COMES FROM ORTIZ AND WILDER HOLDS ON. WILDER LOOKS LIKE HE’S ON SHAKY LEGS! WILDER MAKES IT TO THE BELL! Ortiz 10-9.
Round 8: Referee calls a timeout so Wilder can get looked at. Now we’re back underway and Ortiz has the momentum. Jab lands fro Ortiz, wholands a big left hand. Wilder is taking more shots and Wilder is feeling these shots!. Now Wilder turns the table on Ortiz and has him on the ropes for a moment. Hard left comes from Ortiz but Wilder blocks this one. Left to the body lands for Ortiz, followed by a right upstairs. Hard counter shot from Ortiz just misses Wilder’s face! Wilder shaking his head but isn’t moving his hands. Wilder along the ropes more and more as this fight goes on. Ortiz tries another straight left to the body. Then another! Ortiz 10-9, 76-75.
Round 9: Wilder’s corner telling him to dig deep in between rounds. Round 9 starts and Ortiz comes out stalking Wilder. Right hand lead lands for Wilder. Hard left to the body lands for Ortiz. Wilder pops a jab but Ortiz is undeterred. Both fighters look a little tired or are taking a breather in this round. Hard left hand lands for Ortiz! Wilder gets in a sharp jab in return. Hard right hand shakes up Ortiz! Wilder gets excited but Ortiz gets his bearings back quickly. Wilder lands a big shot right after the bell. Close round. Wilder wins the round for the most damaging shot. Wilder 10-9.
Round 10: Ortiz tries a counter right hook that Wilder evades. Now Ortiz lands a left hand to Wilder’s chest. Wilder pops his jab back on the outside and both fighters land big shots simultaneously. Wilder literally throws Ortiz to the mat. Referee rules it a push. Now WIlder pummels with several hard shots that puts Ortiz down! Ortiz beats the count but he’s hurt badly. Wilder pours it on and crushes Ortiz with several big shots! Referee immediately waves it off! WILDER TKO-10!
ANDRE DIRRELL vs JOSE UZCATEGUI
Fight is delayed as Uzcategui is suspected to have blood in his pre-fight urine sample. Commission is holding up the fight until a hospital can analyze the sample as a precautionary measure. At this time it’s uncertain if this fight will be allowed to go ahead.
Uzcategui has been cleared to fight. We’re good to go!
Round 1: Dirrell comes out with a probing jab but Uzcategui tries to get in a power shot right away to set the tone. Dirrell trying to maintain distance and keep this fight at the end of his reach. Hard left to the body lands for Dirrell. Two hard left hooks land for Uzcategui to the body and head, Dirrell gets in a counter shot afterwards. Straight right hand lands for Uzcategui, who is putting tons of pressure on Dirrell and has him under a lot of duress. Uzcategui isn’t giving Dirrell any room to breath and is throwing hard combinations at Dirrell, who shakes his head. Uzcategui not showing any respect to Dirrell. I don’t think this is how Dirrell wanted to fight to start. Uzcategui 10-9.
Round 2: Dirrell already looks like he has a mark on his left eye. Dirrell ties up and throws two shots behind Uzcategui’s back and Uzcategui smiles at him for the tactics. Hard right hand lands clean for Uzcategui! Uzcategui jabs downstairs and follows up right away with another straight right to the head. Uzcategui is landing way to easily with his power shots this early in the fight. Dirrell gets in a left hand but Uzcategui counters right back. Uzcategui peppering Dirrell with power shots. Dirrell starts pumping his jab but can’t find the range. Uzcategui landing that straight right with frightening regularity. Uzcategui 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Two jabs land for Dirrell straightaway. Uzcategui continues to press forward and apply pressure to Dirrell. Right hand lead lands for Uzcategui. Another right hand lands for Dirrell — he really needs to start evading that shot or he’s not gonna make it through this fight. Dirrell flashes some speed by landing a counter jab. Dirrell gets in a left hook as Uzcategui walks forward and then Dirrell lands a left to the body. Dirrell looks like he was slightly shapen up by another shot right at the bell. Better round for Dirrell but Uzcategui hurt him at the end. Uzcategui 10-9.
Round 4: Trainer Virgil Hunter yells at Dirrell in the corner that he needs to start going to work. Round 4 starts and Uzcategui starts blasting away at Dirrell, landing some hard shots. Dirrell’s defense is seriously lacking, Uzcategui is landing way too easily throughout this fight. Lead right hand lands again for Uzcategui, and Dirrell isn’t getting off enough in return to slow Uzcategui’s forward momentum. Jab lands for Uzcategui, followed by another right hand. Dirrell is taking a lot of shots. Hard right hand lead lands AGAIN for Uzcategui! Uzcategui 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Uzcategui walks Dirrell down right away, looking to get into power punching range. Hard right hand lands for Uzcategui, followed by two jabs. Uzcategui presses forward again but both fighters stop landing clean for a short stretch. Now Uzcategui gets through the guard and Dirrell’s right eye looks a little damaged as well. Hard jab lands for Uzcategui. Dirrell is really taking a beating in this fight. He needs to change dramatically change the tone of this fight, but I don’t think he can at this point. Uzcategui 10-9.
Round 6: Hard left hook to the body lands right away for Uzcategui. Dirrell starts throwing a lot of hard jabs but few of them find the target. Uzcategui lands two punches and Dirrell grins at him. Uzcategui throws a combination with most of them landing on Dirrell. Dirrell needs to get some respect by landing a meaningful shot to dissuade Uzcategui from marching in on him and hammering away. More hard jabs come from Dirrell but Uzcategui doesn’t give two shits. Now Dirrell finally puts together a combination and backs off Uzcategui momentarily. Hard left hand to the body lands for Dirrell to end the round. Better round for Dirrell, I’ll put him on the board here. Dirrell 10-9, 55-59.
Round 7: Uzcategui comes out putting more pressure on Dirrell hoping to make him collapse. Dirrell lands a hard left hand to the body. Now both fighters trade body shots on Uzcategui with a lead left hand. Uzcategui staying right in Dirrell’s face, though, and hammers him with two left hooks. Dirrell is busting up. Referee warns Dirrell for pushing Uzcategui’s head down. Uzcategui lands a right hand. Uzcategui 10-9.
Round 8: Virgil Hunter tells Dirrell that he needs a knockout to win this fight, and he’s right. Uzcategui comes out and starts strafing Dirrell right away with a double left hook. Uzcategui is seriously punishing Dirrell who is visibly distressed. It looks like Dirrell is starting to fade quickly at this point as Uzcategui is just teeing off on Dirrell, who is completely on the defensive. Dirrell lands a hard left hand but Uzcategui just eats it and continues to come forward. Dirrell is trying to hand in there and fight back but the punishment has already soaked in. Hard right hand lands for Uzcategui! Uzcategui 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Hunter tells Dirrell he’s only giving him one more round before he stops the fight. A dejected Dirrell decides he doesn’t want to answer the bell for the ninth. Uzcategui TKO-9.