This weekend will see two exciting world title fights take place in the heavyweight and super middleweight division as we see Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz and Callum Smith vs John Ryder.
In this preview I’ll give you my thoughts on both fights and how I think they could go down this weekend plus some details on the undercards if your interested.
Wilder vs Ortiz 2
I’ll start off with the heavyweight title match up where Deontay Wilder defends his WBC world title for the 10th time in his rematch with the talented but very much aging Cuban, Luis Ortiz.
If you watched their last fight you will know that it was a very closer affair which saw Ortiz hit the canvas a couple of times before Wilder’s devastating blows finally took their toll. The “Bronze Bomber” was just ahead in most of the judges score cards, but managed to pull off an another KO victory in the 10th round. I’m expecting something of the same in this rematch. (watch the highlights here).
Since then, Wilder has gone onto face Tyson Fury in one the most exciting heavyweight fights in the last decade that ended in a controversial split decision draw. But once again the American proved the doubters wrong with a huge KO over Dominic Breazeale in the first round back in May.
This time against Ortiz however, I feel will be a bit more straight forward for the Wilder. He obviously struggled against a the tricky southpaw last time, but with his recent experiences I can expect another KO to be added to the list if he wants to make a statement to rest of the heavyweight division. Espcially just before the Ruiz vs Joshua fight.
There is obviously much debate over Ortiz actual age which many think is closer to 50 rather than his stated age of 40. Once again, could this play a big part in how much he can sustain for 12 rounds? He did manage to really shake Wilder in their last fight, where the American was hanging on for dear life to stay in there..a few more seconds and he could have lost.
The southpaw stance may come in favor again for Ortiz as Wilder struggled to keep up with the Cuban rhythm in the last fight. If he can give more of the same with variation from body to head, it wouldn’t be a surprise he can catch Wilder with strong left and pull off a big upset.
I think I will be going with majority with this one and can only see a Wilder KO coming, I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes earlier this time. Wilder KO
Some other big names and world title fights are also on this undercard which might pick your fancy. Check them out below:
Leo Santa Cruz vs Miguel Flores – Super featherweight for WBA (super) world title.
Luis Nery vs Emmanual Rodriguez – Bantamweight contest
Brandon Figueroa vs Julio Ceja – Super Bantamweight for WBA (super) world title
Where can you watch Wilder vs Ortiz
The fight will be on PPV on Fox Sports in the US and Canada.
Sky Sports will be showing in the UK
Smith vs Ryder
Another interesting match up takes place in Liverpool, the hometown of super middleweight WBA and Ring Magazine champion, Callum Smith. He comes up against an in form John Ryder who has had a 4 KO win streak since his defeat to Rocky Fielding (Who Smith defeated for the British title).
Smith will no doubt be looking to make statement in Liverpool himself come Saturday and will be his second outing of the year since his very impressive KO victory over N’Dam in June. It’sgood match making from Eddie Hearn as I feel he has struggled to get the big fight Smith and his team are looking for.
This is no doubt a stepping stone to helping the potential Anfield 2020 event that has been heavily discussed for a super fight next summer. It’s whether Smith can get one of the big names at middleweight, super middle or light heavy to take a risk in coming over to the UK. I think that will take a big effort from Hearn to get someone like Canelo or Golovkin. Maybe looking closer to home with another big domestic fight between Sunders might be the easier one to make at this stage.
But thinking about this weekend, Ryder does have a tough job in front of him, the physical advantage against him are obviously for Callum Smith and he will have to look to get inside and use his power punching if he is to become a world champion on Saturday.
He impressed me in his last fight against Bilal Akkawy, who is one of Canelo’s sparring partners and was really effective at applying the pressure at the right moments to force the ref to call it off. Being a southpaw may also help in his favor and if the plan of the Smith team is to test out another southpaw before they face Saunders – they could be in for a tougher night if underestimated.
I feel Smith will come out more cautious due to Ryder’s southpaw stance and wouldn’t be surprised if this goes the full 12 rounds. PTS Decision Smith
Nothing too big on the undercard, but a few UK domestic fights which might get your interest. See below
James Tennyson vs Craig Evans – lightweight contest
Craig Glover vs Chris Billiam-Smith – for vacant Commonwealth Crusierweight title
Anthony Fowler vs Harry Scarff – super welterweight contest
Where can you watch Smith vs Ryder
The US and Canada will be shown on DAZN – sign up here.
UK will be showing the fight on Sky Sports.
I’ll leave you with Motivedia’s look at Wilder vs Ortiz fight below to get you ready for fight night this weekend.
Thanks for reading and enjoy watching the fight!
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