Luis Ortiz hinted at cracks in Deontay Wilder’s armour – but is he still a force in the heavyweight division? | Boxing News

first_img Wilder KO’d Ortiz in a come-from-behind victory in their rematch Joshua analysed Wilder’s second knockout of Ortiz: “The good thing he does here, his back’s on the ropes against Ortiz, which is a dangerous place to be because on the ropes there’s no room to create space.“But what he does, he flicks the jab out to make Ortiz think, ‘Hang on a minute, there’s something coming back if I dive in.’“So Ortiz steps back and follows him across. What Wilder does as he’s moving round to get more space, from the ropes he’s moved around, he’s the general in the ring because he’s got all the space behind him.“Now Ortiz’s back is on the ropes, which is a very dangerous place for Ortiz, so Wilder’s done a great thing there to turn the tables.“He’s controlling with the lead hand. Not every jab is going to land, sometimes we just use it as a smokescreen to put something there.“And once that jab touches your hand, your shoulder, your face, I know this bad boy [the right hand] is going to follow.”Wilder’s run would eventually end due to the front-foot aggression of Fury, a different style to the one that Ortiz came so close with. – Advertisement – 1:10 Luis Ortiz may have sighed regretfully at seeing Deontay Wilder trounced by Tyson Fury earlier this year.It was Ortiz who, not once but twice, found himself within touching distance of ending Wilder’s fearsome reign – but on both occasions he succumbed to come-from-behind knockout punches.Now aged 41, Cuba’s heavyweight contender Ortiz is in last-chance saloon and is set to return on Saturday night against Alexander Flores. Wilder sensationally stopped Ortiz in their brilliant first fight Wilder sensationally stopped Ortiz in their brilliant first fight – Advertisement – Ortiz was, particularly from 2016 to 2018, considered to be an avoided and dangerous contender to the world heavyweight championships.Although he had a chance to face Anthony Joshua, promoter Eddie Hearn has said, and twice challenged Wilder, he possessed a reputation as a skilful southpaw that was better left alone.Ortiz’s left hand gave Wilder a shellacking in the seventh round of their first fight in 2018, wobbling the then-unbeaten WBC champion and coming within a whisker of an upset.Wilder said after battling back to end Ortiz’s unbeaten record: “He’s one of the best in the world. Nobody has given Ortiz an opportunity, even after I defeated him.“Normally after you knock somebody out, other guys are willing to fight him because they have seen weakness, chinks in the armour.“They didn’t want to fight Ortiz, they don’t want to fight him now.” Ortiz won many rounds in both fights with Wilder Ortiz won many rounds in both fights with Wilder

Ellsworth boys’ basketball team extends win streak to 6 games

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ basketball extended its winning streak to six games with wins over Presque Isle and Caribou over the weekend.On Friday, Ellsworth avenged its Dec. 27 loss to Presque Isle (10-3) with a 61-57 victory in the rematch. Zach Harris scored a game-high 24 points for the Eagles, who game back from a six-point deficit in the third quarter to win the game.The following day, the Eagles beat Caribou (5-9) 66-59. Harris scored 18 points to lead the Eagles, who also had Brad Smith (16 points), Jackson Curtis (12) and Jared Hamilton (10) reach double figures.The 10-5 Eagles are scheduled to play on the road against Foxcroft (6-8) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. The team will then play at home against George Stevens Academy (13-1) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Champions-in-waiting  Barbados Pride 40 points clear, Red Force surge to 94.6 points

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Barbados Pride have virtually sewn up the Regional first class title after opening up a 40-point lead at the top of the standings, following their crushing win over reigning champions Guyana Jaguars last weekend.Playing in the eighth round at the Guyana National Stadium, Pride pulled off an emphatic 235-run win inside three days on Saturday to move to 134.8 points and all but assure themselves of the title.The championship has been suspended for the next 30 days after Cricket West Indies (CWI)halted all of its competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the region.For Pride, the victory was their sixth in eight games and came after they suffered a shock 147-run loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round.Red Force, meanwhile, kept up their excellent winning form with their second straight victory, after thumping Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 84 runs inside three days at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.The win catapulted the hosts, who have languished near the bottom of the standings throughout the campaign, to second in the tables on 94.6.For the first time in several seasons, Jaguars find themselves in an unfamiliar place of third in the standings on 91.8 points alongside Jamaica Scorpions.The Leon Johnson-led unit have been far from their best, with Saturday’s defeat their third of the season.They are now under threat from Scorpions whose innings and 118-run thrashing of Windward Islands Volcanoes vaulted them to 91.8 points.Volcanoes are fifth on 78 points with Hurricanes continuing at the bottom on 52.5 points from a single victory.Two rounds are left to be played in the championship when it resumes and teams can collect a maximum of 48 points.last_img read more