Despite eventually running out of gas in the tenth round against Wilder, Ortiz troubled the WBC Champion considerably, and ‘King Kong’ is sure he now holds diminished chances of a rematch.
Turning his attention to a potential fight with Anthony Joshua ahead of his return to action against Razvan Cojanu this weekend, Ortiz launched an astonishing rant at the current top division king and his handler Eddie Hearn on Matchroom Boxing.
“I haven’t thought about Joshua since he avoided me a while back, but it’s a fight where you would see me enjoy beating the p*** out of him for several rounds,” Ortiz told Premier Boxing Champions interviewer Lem Satterfield.
“I see myself breaking down Joshua to the body and ripping his head off with right hooks and straight left hands over the course of eight rounds.
“But at least Wilder put his money where his mouth is, stepped up, and fought me. I’ve got zero respect for Joshua, who, at this point, is a complete punk hiding behind his puppeteer promoter (Hearn).
“I could be 50 and still beat these guys. They ain’t (better than me). If my age is such a big deal, why isn’t Joshua calling me out?
“Why isn’t Wilder giving me an immediate rematch? Why are all of these punks running from me? Obviously, they don’t want to fight, and they’re all scared of me.”
Asked his thoughts on how his Saturday clash with the Romanian will go, Ortiz was just as irate in his response.
“Cojanu is 100 percent going to pay for the anguish I’ve been feeling over the loss to Wilder, so the plan is to seek and destroy, doing damage behind intelligent boxing and taking as little punishment as possible.
“He’s 6-foot-7, which seems like the standard among many heavyweights right now, but I will definitely end the fight with another knockout,” added the Cuban.
A win for Ortiz would put him right back in the mix for another world title shot, and with Wilder stalling on a mandatory with Dominic Breazeale, who knows if the green belt holder will ask the WBC for special dispensation to mix it with the veteran once again later this year.