Deontay Wilder obliterated Luis Ortiz with a devastating right hand on Saturday night in Las Vegas to retain his WBC heavyweight belt.
Similar to their first bout in New York, Wilder had lost every round but, out of nowhere in the seventh, he hammered Ortiz with one straight right that ended their rematch.
The latest addition to his brutal highlight reel comes two weeks before Anthony Joshua plans to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7.
Wilder, now undefeated in 43 and with 10 title defences, next plans to fight Tyson Fury in February but has kept hopes alive of an undisputed title fight in 2020, as attention turns to Ruiz Jr vs Joshua.
But for half of Wilder’s rematch with Ortiz his unbeaten record and his belt dangled precariously. He was being comprehensively out-boxed until finding a brutal finish.
Cuban southpaw Ortiz came close to claiming Wilder’s WBC title last year in their first fight when he badly hurt the champion until succumbing in the 10th round.
But this time he threatened by slowly accumulating the rounds on the judges’ scorecards.
Then out of nowhere, the right hand exploded, leaving the 40-year-old Cuban sprawled on the canvas.