Ben Davison, trainer of Tyson Fury, analyses Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 and picks a winner
As the trainer of Tyson Fury, many observers’ pick as the best heavyweight in the world today and a man widely considered unfortunate to only draw with the WBC king last December, Ben Davison is an ideal pundit to analyse Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2. Bear in mind that should Wilder come through this clash, he will face Fury again in early 2020. Here, Davison recalls the first Ortiz fight, in March 2018 and won by Wilder via 10th-round stoppage, and breaks down both men, before offering his prediction.
It was a very entertaining fight, it was the first time Wilder had boxed somebody as reactive as Ortiz, and had as good balance and positioning. I knew the moment Wilder threw his right hand and Ortiz replied so quickly, he knew he was in a fight and had to be aware. Ortiz almost made Wilder put it back in his pocket. It was a close fight, competitive. Wilder showed that he’s made of a certain type of metal, a lot of big punchers often don’t have that but he showed he has and can make an adaptation.
I have huge respect for Wilder because even now, at this late stage, he’s on top of his game, but I still see him and his team working on things, developing, improving, even small things. A lot of times a fighter gets to the top and they forget about improving. He still seems hungry. I’ve seen in his training camp he makes adaptations, I keep a keen eye on him. The fact that he’s taken these two rematches shows he’s got a pair of bollocks on him.
Reactive fighters, sharp counter-punchers, they have to have a little bit of fear factor to perform at their best; when they are up against it, they can perform. I don’t know if he can improve physically, but maybe an adjustment in tactics can be the difference. I’d say he got a little bit complacent in the last fight, got hit with a couple of shots that he stood up to. His engine started to run out of fuel and it had an impact. Credit where it’s due though, because when he couldn’t get Wilder out of there it probably took a little bit out of him.
Wilder v Tyson is a bigger fight than Tyson vs Ortiz, but selfishly for me Wilder is Tyson’s biggest threat so if that threat can get eliminated, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. This is top level and it all boils down to tactics. If Wilder takes too many risks too early he could get into trouble. Ortiz needs to be smart and economical to not burn himself out. That said, I think Wilder will get the job done.