Deontay Wilder was aiming for the tenth defense of his WBC heavyweight crown when he fought Luis Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. in a startling ten-round encounter that ebbed and flowed on a cold Brooklyn night.
Ortiz beat Alabama- native with a series of disturbing combinations in the eighth round, which went to the canvas itself. However, Wilder rallied to make a stunning stop to lift the momentum and claim his title.
For the first time in his professional career, the 34-year-old from Tuscaloosa fell on the cards before his ignorant power managed to change the course of a fight.
Against Artur Szpilka, Wilder missed 175 blows in their January 2016 battle and knew after nine rounds that he was behind the cards. However, he delivered a counter right hand that saw the medical team ring jump from the seats to fit the pole.
And in his incredible adventure with Tyson Fury 11 months ago, many felt that the & # 39; Gyspy King & # 39; is on course to scare the world and leave the Staples Center with the prestigious green and gold strap. But a left-handed combination flourished Fury in the final round and the result was a controversial split decision draw.
The punches of boxing punts were perhaps the most earnest, but little understood of the wonders of the sport. to rib success, and no guaranteed formula.
Ahead of his world title rematch with Ortiz, talkSPORT.com talks about what makes Wilder such a fierce puncher and why the weight division is afraid of the & # 39; Bronze Bomber & # 39 ;. "So I got up at 8:00 in the morning," he said Wilder at AL.com. "I ate a good breakfast from pancakes, to Polish sausage, to patty sausage and some good eggs.
" One morning I was going to eat McMuffins egg and it would rotate around breakfast time with it. .
"I went back to 11.30am to eat a delicious Alfredo chicken pasta with corn on the cob, perhaps with some tasty garlic bread toasted in conjunction with a protein shake. I will also have a protein shake in the morning with breakfast.
" 2pm would be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna, with two boiled eggs.
" 5:00 [meal] consisted of a Salisbury steak, with potato chips and green beans and I was eating a lot of red potatoes; I was eating a lot of yams.  "And then at 7.30pm I had a nice T-Bone steak, some more red potatoes, maybe we had pumpkins there and some green beans. 19659002] "Every day is different, with different foods that come with it. But most of it does come together. Sometimes my stomach can get fat so I have to rub it for hours. I'm a very good man! ”
By his own admission, Deontay Wilder did not lift heavy weights nor did he particularly work at his speed.
" I put my power over anyone, period, "said the champion." And it's natural; I don't have to lift weights, period.
"I don't have to go to a weight room, I don't have to go to a gym stage and my athleticism, my body frame, my erection is what it is.
" Ask people is around me. It's a colorful lifestyle. "
Along with co-trainers Jay Deas and 1984 Olympic Gold medalist Mark Breland, Wilder works on pure technical ability. Return to basics & # 39;.
" Common I stay away from many things as a champion, "he told Tha Boxing Voice ." And like a fighter in general, with my style, at my height, a lot of things I get.
"After I won my title, slowly but surely, things started to go down. It wasn't to the point that I didn't have to do certain things anymore, but I felt like I wanted to challenge myself. self.
"All of you have seen; I came in and just hit the mitts and spars. There it is; no running, no conditioning and gear, no heavy bag, no speed bag, no jump rope, nothing!
"But that's all I did – hitting mitts and sparring."
His work at the Skyy Boxing Gym from October 2005 saw many opponents, but also trainers left in agony. In an interview with The Guardian before the sensational first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale, Deas said what it's like to train a puncher as fiercely as his protégé.
"I have three mitt men," he said. "He needed three mitt men. One would not last very long."
"To a great degree you were born in [power]" he added. "You can improve power by about 10 percent through conditioning and technique, so you can hire someone without a puncher and make him less reputable, and you can hire someone who's a pretty good shooter. , and make it a 10 percent better boil.
"But the best I have ever seen is that anyone is improving at about 10 percent."
This is a little known secret Wilder is a certified scuba diver.
This is a way to work out appetite and eat all the red potatoes.
"Not only am I dangerous on the surface, but I am dangerous in [ocean]"he said.
" I can travel around the world and scuba dive.
"This is a great hobby for me, I love it."
Before he won the Bronze in 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wilder competed as a beginner in the 91kg (201lb) Category.
In 2007, he removed a series of shock results to win the National Gint Gloves and the US Championships. For the next year, he competed at the same weight.
When he finally became a professional in November 2008, the & # 39; Bronze Bomber & # 39; stayed close to around 220lb (99.7kg) as he gained weight after victory.
However, for the first fight against Ortiz, Wilder weighed 214lb and then 212.5lbs for the fight against Fury – the lowest since he was professional in 2008.
The American holds a classic ectomorph body shape; tall, with a light build and lean muscle. However, he wants to send a clear message to the remaining heavyweights by gathering more mass.
"My goal is to always be 245lbs," Wilder said after the draw with Fury. "That's my goal always. But somebody's going to get hurt.
" If the weight is carrying a big person, and I have the power and the speed, somebody's going to get hurt. So if people want to see me lose weight and get hurt, so be it.
"But you don't want to see anything like Adonis Stevenson. I always think about him and I tell people all the time – we risk our lives in the ring. We risk our lives.  "And I know I have the strength to hurt anyone – anyone."
For the Breazeale fight in May, Wilder was 223.25 lb (101kg). His heaviest career was against Eric Molina when he weighed 229 lb to stop Eric Molina in 2015.
Whatever he weighs for the rematch with Ortiz, the & # 39; Bronze Bomber & # 39; always packs a punch.