Deontay Wilder defended his WBC world heavyweight title for the 10th time with a stunning knockout after being out-boxed by Luis Ortiz for six rounds. The American looked set to see his world-title reign end just short of five years as Ortiz picked him apart for half of their Las Vegas rematch.
But in the seventh round, Wilder’s devastating right hand left Ortiz stunned and beaten on the canvas. “I found my measurement, seen the shot and took it,” said Wilder, 34. “We have Tyson Fury the rematch next. It’s set to be done in February so we will see how that goes and then after that I am looking for a unification bout. “The heavyweight division is too small to have so many belts lingering around, there should be one champion and I think I am the perfect man for that job.” Some will ask questions as to how flat Wilder looked for six rounds but he has built a reputation as one of the most destructive punchers in boxing history and his straight right hand thrilled those ringside at the MGM Grand. With this success he moved level with Muhammad Ali in recording 10 straight title defences. Only Tommy Burns (11), Vitali Klitschko (11), Wladimir Klitschko (18), Larry Holmes (20) and Joe Louis (25) have managed to defend the heavyweight crown more times in a row. His 42nd win in 43 bouts will also take Wilder past five years as world heavyweight champion having secured the title by beating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.