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PLAYING WITH FIRE

Elliot Worsell examines the rematch of a 2018 heavyweight humdinger
PROUD CHAMP: Wilder prepares for the 10th defence of his WBC heavyweight title
Photos: RYAN HAFEY/PBC

THE climax of their thrilling first fight offered Deontay Wilder the perfect get-out, that is, the chance to never again have to deal with problematic Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz. Yet what preceded his 10th-round stoppage win made enough of a case for Ortiz to chase a second chance and a rematch to take place, which it does this Saturday (November 23) at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

That it takes place speaks to a few things. Firstly, it says a lot for Wilder’s fearlessness and his desire to clear up any grey areas on a record dominated by knockouts of the clean, conclusive variety. Secondly, it says a lot for the WBC heavyweight champion’s reluctance to go down the same path of Tyson Fury as he waits to rematch the “Gypsy King” at some point in 2020.

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