Deontay Wilder has declared that Luis Ortiz was his toughest opponent to date, not Tyson Fury.
The WBC heavyweight champion was hurt by the Cuban in their first fight back in March 2018, but came back to win with a stunning tenth-round KO.
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Later that year he went the distance with Fury in a controversial draw, which many believed the Brit was unfortunate not to win.
Wilder is now set to rematch both men and will first face Ortiz on November 23. Providing he wins, he’ll meet Fury again in early 2020.
When asked to compare the two, Wilder said: “Who is tougher in the ring, Luis Ortiz or Tyson Fury? I’d have to say Luis Ortiz.
“Luis Ortiz is a smart fighter, he moves strategically in the ring, he’s a great counter-puncher as well.
“I like his style as a Cuban. Nobody in the top ten wanted to fight Ortiz and they still don’t ‘til this day.
“But I’m giving him the opportunity and we about to do it again, November 23 baby in Vegas…
“Luis Ortiz’s most dangerous trait is he’s a counter-puncher.
“He keeps you on the edge of your seat, you’ve definitely gotta really plan what you’re gonna do.
“Have your next move because when you’re punching he’s coming back with something just like that.
“You’ve definitely gotta have co-ordination, you’ve gotta have timing on point and you definitely have to have some type of speed with you.”