Deontay Wilder manages to land just 18.5% of punches in Luis Ortiz rematch

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder managed to land just 18.5% of his punches in his rematch with Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz.

Stats from CompuBox, as per Boxing Scene, show that the WBC heavyweight champion landed 41 out of 184 punches thrown during the seven-round bout.

Wilder recorded another victory over Luis Ortiz with a huge right hand knockout in the seventh round, but he was outclassed in all of the previous rounds.

Ortiz made use of clever footwork and a southpaw stance to confuse and unsettle Wilder, who failed to land a significant punch until the one that knocked his opponent out.

Wilder’s least accurate round was in the third, when he managed to land just five out of 23 punches thrown. But Wilder picked up the pace in the seventh round, landing 11 out of his 32 punches and recording nine power punches to stun Ortiz and send him to the canvas.

Ortiz will feel as if he could have held on in the bout.

The judges’ scorecards show that the 40-year-old was ahead in every round before the seventh, when he finally succumbed to Wilder’s greater punching power.

The fight emulated the pair’s last meeting, when Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz in the 10th round after knocking him down twice previously.

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Wilder, who is 34-years-old, has now successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title 10 times since winning it by defeating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.

The American is aiming to become the first heavyweight to unify all the heavyweight titles, and after the fight, he said: “There should be one champion and I think I am the perfect man for that job."

Wilder’s next bout is likely to be a rematch with British heavyweight Tyson Fury. The pair recorded a controversial draw back in December 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, after both fighters thought they had won the bout.

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