Deontay Wilder targets Anthony Joshua after latest win

Last Updated March 04 2018, 12:22Boxing
Deontay Wilder celebrates - and turns his thoughts to Anthony Joshua
Deontay Wilder celebrates - and turns his thoughts to Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder declared he was ready for Anthony Joshua after coming through his toughest test yet to successfully defend his WBC heavyweight title with a 10th-round knockout of Cuba's Luis Ortiz.

The unbeaten American survived a brutal onslaught in the seventh round on his way to a 40th career victory and seventh title defence at New York's Barclays Centre.

Sky Bet price him up at 7/4 to beat Joshua should the pair meet this year, the British star is 2/5 and the draw 25/1.

IBF and WBA champion Joshua faces New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31 and Wilder said he was fed up of just talking about the prospect of facing the Briton.

The 32-year-old said at his post-fight press conference: "How many times do I have to call him out? I've done enough, I've spoken enough. I'm the baddest man on the planet and whenever they're ready I'm going to be ready. My goal and my mission is to unify the division. I want to prove to the world I am the best."

Wilder also claimed his victory over the previously unbeaten Ortiz was more impressive than Joshua's defeat of Wladimir Klitschko.

"Wladimir wasn't the king, he was already dethroned," he said. "And really Joshua didn't win that fight, Wladimir lost."

Wilder certainly had to dig deep to see off Ortiz.

The challenger looked to be in control in the opening round, twice catching the champion with his left hand, but Wilder responded with a jab in the second before being forced into a corner.

From there, the crowd began to grow restless and jeered as Wilder struggled to land his punches in what was a slow start for both fighters.

By the fifth, Wilder finally found Ortiz with a right hand across the face which sent the Cuban to the canvas just before the end of the round.

But the seventh round almost proved to be the turning point as Ortiz retaliated with massive left hands, putting his opponent on the ropes and continuing the attack into the eighth.

"He had me in a whirlwind and I had to get out of there," Wilder said afterwards.

The late thriller continued into the next rounds when a knockout seemed to be Wilder's only chance of taking the bout, and a huge right uppercut ensured he produced it in the 10th, sending Ortiz to the floor as the referee waved for the fight to stop.

Most Read

Anthony Martial shows his frustration1

Wednesday's Paper Talk

Manchester United have put a huge £100m price tag on Anthony Martial while Spurs and Arsenal want a Liverpool striker, according to today's back pages.

Scroll down for all of our team's best bets for today's action at Royal Ascot2

Royal Ascot Wednesday tips

An at-a-glance guide to our team of experts' best bets for day two of Royal Ascot, featuring Ben Linfoot, Simon Holt and Mike Cattermole.

Wednesday's World Cup tips3

Wednesday World Cup tips

After a number of World Cup shocks so far, Paul Higham expects the big boys to hit back on Wednesday with Spain and Portugal in action.

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets for the action at Royal Ascot4

Value Bet: Settle the bet

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on day two of Royal Ascot and he's taking on Wesley Ward in the opener and dutching two against the field in the Hunt Cup.

Urban Fox - best backed at Royal Ascot5

Market Movers: Fox all the rage

Urban Fox is the best backed horse on day two of Royal Ascot - check out all the Sky Bet market movers.

Most Read

Anthony Martial shows his frustration1

Wednesday's Paper Talk

Manchester United have put a huge £100m price tag on Anthony Martial while Spurs and Arsenal want a Liverpool striker, according to today's back pages.

Scroll down for all of our team's best bets for today's action at Royal Ascot2

Royal Ascot Wednesday tips

An at-a-glance guide to our team of experts' best bets for day two of Royal Ascot, featuring Ben Linfoot, Simon Holt and Mike Cattermole.

Wednesday's World Cup tips3

Wednesday World Cup tips

After a number of World Cup shocks so far, Paul Higham expects the big boys to hit back on Wednesday with Spain and Portugal in action.

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets for the action at Royal Ascot4

Value Bet: Settle the bet

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on day two of Royal Ascot and he's taking on Wesley Ward in the opener and dutching two against the field in the Hunt Cup.

Urban Fox - best backed at Royal Ascot5

Market Movers: Fox all the rage

Urban Fox is the best backed horse on day two of Royal Ascot - check out all the Sky Bet market movers.

Racing Tips

Check out Ben Linfoot's Value Bets for the action at Royal Ascot

Value Bet: Settle the bet

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on day two of Royal Ascot and he's taking on Wesley Ward in the opener and dutching two against the field in the Hunt Cup.

Simon Holt has selected his best bets for the action at Royal Ascot

Simon Holt: The usual suspects

Top commentator Simon Holt previews day two of Royal Ascot as he tackles the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and the Hunt Cup.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank is backing Mark Johnston to add to his impressive Royal Ascot record in the Queen's Vase on Wednesday.

Next Race Off
13:10 Scottsville
5
(1)
Mitra Music
J: Warren Kennedy
4
(2)
Miss Calypso
J: Luke Ferraris
2
(5)
Beat It
J: M Yeni

Football Tips

Wednesday's World Cup tips

Wednesday World Cup tips

After a number of World Cup shocks so far, Paul Higham expects the big boys to hit back on Wednesday with Spain and Portugal in action.

We have a selection of best bets for Thursday's action

Thursday's World Cup tips

Our football team look at Thursday's action in the World Cup - where Argentina will be aiming for a better result in Group D.

Check out our outright tips for the World Cup

World Cup: Outright tips

Five-time winners Brazil are given the confident selection for World Cup glory as Matt Brocklebank takes a look at the outright betting market.