Wilder beats Ortiz but avoids Fury and Joshua gets revenge over Ruiz – Bellew
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Heavyweight boxing is braced for its greatest few weeks in more than a decade.
I think Anthony Joshua will use fear to reign and Deontay Wilder will be successful in his struggle against Luis Ortiz. I don’t think that’s a fight that is going to happen although it might seem to prepare a much-anticipated Tyson Fury rematch if Wilder wins.
The heavyweight scene is simply buzzing and I recommend the country to back Joshua. I understand this business well enough to state that the profile of boxing on these shores will suffer if he loses and other British fighters may feel it.
Us stunned by taking Joshua’s three world titles in June but that I genuinely believe he was from being beaten, 15 minutes away. When he wins his rematch on December, expect him to develop into a target for WBC champion Wilder.
Wilder and this weekend fight Ortiz and his style ensures excitement but I believe he needs nothing to do with a rematch with Fury on 22 February.
I, like most, believe last December Fury beat him. Wilder has already said he would see how Ruiz-Joshua II goes and why do you wait to see that if you are scheduled for Fury in February?
I arranged to meet with Fury before he came back into the sport. I like the guy and we agreed a struggle in principle on him facing me without any type of warm-up 25, but this was predicated. That was the whole point from my side and he went along with it, though I was told by my promoter I was not doing it.
The point is, I understood Fury would improve with activity. He’s better today than he had been a year ago if Wilder goes anywhere near him, and I would therefore be amazed.
These are the type of boxing spells at which could hit at house. I wouldn’t say I struggled when I bowed out after defeat Oleksandr Usyk, and that I don’t need to use the word depressed, but it was hard. I am in a better place and we have another baby on the road, so I will be busy for sure.
Part of my timetable takes me to Saudi Arabia to watch Joshua and I have been in contact with him a little with this training camp. He is satisfied and happy.
I was hoping to judge how he can feel after a reduction. I was not hurt by my defeat Nathan Cleverly just as far because I thought I had won, as you may think. The loss however to Adonis Stevenson, that has been crushing, just downright tough and tragic. I believed I had been a failure, just like I did not belong at the top level.
Will this be hard it has been taken by Joshua? As people forget he had so much success against 15, I’m not convinced. This battle will be what defines him. True winners step again and I truly do think that’s what he will do.
He had been 15 seconds away from winning the first battle. He attempted to jump for a end on him , only to get clipped to the point at which he was left by his legs and fell Ruiz for the very first time in his profession. That may happen to any fighter.
I think he showed huge heart on if his legs weren’t with him to carry. Basically, he moved four rounds instinct and jar, and yet some people said he stopped, which disgusted me.
I have come out of the ring and not known where I’ve been two hours afterwards. In the dressing room I flipped out after one fight and insulted one of my closest friends. I , like Joshua, suffered the effects of being struck.
We must remember that using AJ, you aren’t becoming Lennox Lewis, as he’s ready to confront Ruiz again. The man is not a chess fighter, he is explosive and owns huge speed. The downside is that he wants to fight and chase a match. That’s his nature and in this game, it is a challenge to extract that out of a fighter.
If his group may add a touch of Lewis you would get closer that hallowed’finished article’ fantasy of being but few ever become.
I do not think he showed disrespect to Ruiz time however I do not think he had some fear.
That fear factor can make will and the difference here. I recall confronting Ovill McKenzie at 2010 and me’ cannot hurt. I ended up face down on the picture, got trimmed, went down, got up, clipped and again received in the ring. I won and come the rematchand I dominated him and knew what he could do.
Joshua gets the fear factor needed to stay sharp today. He’ll win, so the fighters that sit fight cards boxing and it will be crucial and the parties attached to him will probably continue to thrive.
Wilder is amazing, box office and confusing all in 1 bundle.
He informs me of Premier League participant Paulo Wanchope, that turned into a hazard and appeared to have legs and arms flying at all angles yet excited people.
The reason it is so perplexing is when I took a kid to the fitness center to instruct him how I’d start with the fundamentals of shifting your weight from the back , up, through your body and out to a fist.
Wilder, in contrast, is in the atmosphere, feet off the ground, hits on someone with a punch out of a angle and they’re out. I can’t explain that and boxing is the only thing in the world I truly understand.
What I’ll say is that his style ensures enthusiasm and while Ruiz, Fury and Joshua can make claims on who is greatest, Wilder has turned into the most dangerous heavyweight on the planet just because of that power.
Ortiz is the toughest fight he might have picked outside the elite names. The guy is a Cuban and I will reveal to you why you’re mistaken should you show me an bad boxer.
But Ortiz is clocking on the past few years at 40. Wilder will just have too far for him where we are then taken by that and the question is?
The scenario is that Wilder will get conquered Joshua beats Ruiz for the other three belts and by Fury at February. Then we might have an all-British affair in Wembley Stadium to get each the prizes.
It seems like a dream right now but since the previous 12 weeks have revealed from Fury scaling from the canvas from Wilder, to Joshua’s shock defeat after which a WWE stint for its Gypsy King – rule out nothing at the moment.
The coming months will be riveting.
Tony Bellew was speaking to BBC Sport’s Luke Reddy
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