Deontay Wilder 'ready for Tyson Fury' after Luis Ortiz knockout

Tom HomewoodAssistant Producer

Deontay Wilder says Tyson Fury is ‘definitely next’ after defending his WBC world heavyweight title for the 10th time.

The 34-year-old was out-boxed for six rounds against Luis Ortiz in their rematch in Las Vegas, before the American landed a stunning knockout blow in the seventh.

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The Cuban boxer was ahead on the judges scorecards before being caught with a thunderous right hand from Wilder and the 40-year-old was unable to beat the count.

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Wilder knocks out Ortiz in the seventh (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Wilder knocks out Ortiz in the seventh (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Although, Wilder says he was confident he was never in danger of losing the title he has held for nearly five years.

"I tell people all the time my intellect is very high in the ring so I know exactly what I'm doing," He told Sky Sports.

"I had to calculate Ortiz perfectly, he's very dangerous in that ring as you can see, that's why no other heavyweight wanted to give him the opportunity. He's very smart.

"Once I got him I set him up and that was the shot. I always say these guys have to be perfect for 12 rounds, I only have to be perfect for two seconds and each and every time I've proved that.

"Tyson Fury is definitely next and then after that I want a unification bout with whoever wins between (Anthony) Joshua and (Andy) Ruiz Jr.

"Right now we're ready for Tyson Fury. Hopefully he's ready for me, I know his trainer's here so I hope he got some notes down. I'm ready to go at any give time and any given moment and February is looking like our time."

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