Wilder vs Ortiz odds: Tight enough?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Negotiations aren't finished yet bit it appears WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) will face #1 WBA Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Should it come to fruition, Wilder vs Ortiz will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
What's keeping it from being finalized?
The WBC's mandatory contender, Bermane Stiverne, wants another shot at Wilder and wants to execute his status. Stiverne, of course, lost a unanimous decision to Deontay in January 2015.
The then-twenty-nine-year-old 6'7" fighter was 32-0 with 32 knockouts and the hottest fighter in the division. Not only had Wilder knocked out all his opponents, he'd done so within four rounds. None of his 32 foes had seen Round 5.
Wilder vs Stiverne would be a ratings success and Deontay would claim the WBC title - But he was also taken the distance for the first time in his career.
Tyson vs Berbick, it wasn't.
Wilder looked good, but not great. Nevertheless, it was a convincing win and "pretty good" fight that fell short of expectations. As a result, there's no public demand for a rematch and it's shocking Bermane is still rated that high. It's no surprise the fans and Showtime want to Wilder vs Ortiz instead.
Deontay Wilder is the most explosive heavyweight in the world and to see him match-up with another heavyweight, a Mack truck with an equal or greater pedigree, would truly be an amazing spectacle should it happen.
So, who do you like?
Wilder vs Ortiz odds
PaddyPower, as of September 2, has Wilder the slight favorite at 4/6. Ortiz is being slated as a 6/5 underdog. Hence, a $100 wager on the WBC Champ would generate $67 in winnings while the same bet on Ortiz would yield $120.
When Wilder faced Stiverne 2 1/2 years ago in what is still considered the former's biggest test to date, bet365 had Deontay at 4/6 and Stiverne at 8/5.
Since the Stiverne bout, the charismatic, extremely gifted Wilder has witnessed a drop in stock despite keeping his undefeated record intact and earning nothing but knockouts.
Staying relatively active, he's made successful title defenses against Chris Arreola, Artur Szpilka, Johann Duhaupas, Gerald Washington and Eric Molina, and has stopped them all inside the distance despite looking human uncharacteristically human at times.
Deontay Wilder, notwithstanding his awesome record of 38-0, 37 KOs, has his share of naysayers who insist he hasn't faced a name opponent or a truly elite-level heavyweight. A win over Ortiz is likely to change that.
Regardless of who you pick, Wilder vs Ortiz is one of the best two or three matches that could be made in the heavyweight division, and the odds are understandably tight.