Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz's brilliant ringside exchange after Stiverne fight

  • Kobe Tong
Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

The boxing world was filled with disappointment and anger when Luis Ortiz once again tested positive for banned substances in September.

Deontay Wilder was set to slog it out with 'King Kong' last weekend in a WBC world heavyweight clash before the Cuban was forced to withdraw, throwing the bout into question.

Nevertheless, Bermane Stiverne stepped up to the plate with a month's notice as the only man to survive 12 rounds with Wilder back in January 2015.

The rematch, however, was an absolute bloodbath.

The 39-year-old had weighed in at a hefty 18 stone and three pounds before the clash and barely threw a punch at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.

Wilder flew out the traps, knocking Stiverne to the canvas twice in the first round and eventually sealing the deal before the bell could sound.

A vicious right hook crippled his Haitian opponent with referee Arthur Mecante having to hold back the 'Bronze Bomber' from another deluge of hits.

It sent shockwaves across the heavyweight world and specifically to Anthony Joshua who has been linked with the American and a potential unification clash.

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And while that mega fight travels through it's ups and downs and complications, a certain Ortiz was able to get an even closer look as he took the bizarre decision to watch the action firsthand.

In fact, 'King Kong' even frequented the same hotel and Wilder revealed his reaction when the two bumped into each other:

"When I saw him at the hotel, coming out of the elevator, I almost puked in my mouth."

He then admitted to the press that he even tried to pay Ortiz and the authorities out of his own pocket to make the fight happen, regardless of drug bans, for the fans' entertainment.


The pair certainly provided that at the end of the match, too, with a small moment capture by fans at the stadium.

Just seconds after the teams invaded the ring and Wilder reclaimed his belt, Ortiz stood in his seat and began an animated verbal exchange with the man he had looked set to fight.

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It's fair to say Wilder had the last laugh.

Ortiz could have stood there for hours and said whatever he liked but his American adversary was the right side of the ropes and with the belt over his shoulder.

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