Deontay Wilder is back in the ring at the start of March to once again defend his WBC heavyweight title. This time he’s taking on another undefeated fighter, the Cuban Luis Ortiz, who he was scheduled to fight in late November before Ortiz failed a drug test last year. Instead, Ortiz was replaced by Bermane Stiverne for Wilder’s defense this past November, with Wilder easily winning that fight with a first round knockout. This should be amore difficult title defense for Wilder with Ortiz being a very dangerous heavyweight with knockout power.
The fight is taking place on March 3rd at the Barclays Center in New York City. In this article I will outline where to bet on the fight, what the odds are at the time of writing this article and which fighter I’m taking to win.
Where To Bet On Wilder vs Ortiz
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Wilder vs Ortiz Betting Odds
Here are the odds for the fight from BetOnline. These odds were taken a couple weeks before the fight. To see the current odds visit BetOnline.ag, head over to the sportsbook and select ‘Other Sports’ followed by ‘Boxing’.
As you can see Wilder is around a 3/1 favorite to defend his belt, but Ortiz is definitely being given a legitimate shot at this win. The over/under is set at 9, with this fight expected to not make it to the judges scorecards.
I believe Wilder is going to be too much for Ortiz in this match-up. He’s the younger fighter at 32 years old, compared to 38 years old for Luis Ortiz, and he’s been facing the far tougher competition throughout his career, especially during this 7 fight title run.
Ortiz has looked good against the opponents he’s faced, but this is a massive step up in competition for him and I just don’t think he will be able to keep up with the boxing technique and pace of Wilder. Ortiz is a huge puncher so he could potentially catch Wilder at some point in this fight, but I don’t expect him to.
Wilder should be able to get this win, retain his belt and hopefully set up a monster contest with Anthony Joshua to unify their belts.
Play: Wilder -315