WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has revealed he is open to locking horns with Luis Ortiz for a second time.
Wilder marked his return to the ring with a stunning first round KO of Dominic Breazeale at Barclays Center, the same venue where he overcame Ortiz in the 10th round.
Asked if he would contemplate going toe-to-toe with the Cuban southpaw during the post-fight press conference, Wilder said: “Ortiz? The heavyweight division is very small. You know, so why not have two fights, three fights?
“You know, all these guys, that’s why I don’t understand why none of the big fights haven’t happened thus far. If you lose, OK. Rebuild yourself and get back up. Most of the time in life, many people lose, but they give up. And the great thing about life is people wanna see how you fall and get back up.
“It’s easy to stay on top. It’s easy to be a winner, with no losses and different things like that. You know, everybody wants to be a winner. But a real winner, a true winner is somebody that falls from that platform because everybody wanna see how they develop themselves and get back up in life.”
Wilder has insisted that fights with fellow undefeated rivals Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will eventually happen. However, when it will happen is another question.
With Fury already confirming his intentions to fight Wilder in March or April time next year, all eyes will be on whether a deal between Wilder and ‘AJ’ can come into fruition.
However, with both fighters signed up to different U.S. networks, Ortiz could very much fit the picture for the ‘Bronze Bomber.’
“And that’s why I don’t care about my record. You know what I mean? That’s how you become a two-time champion, a three-time champion, a four-time champion.
“And the heavyweight division, like I said, is very small. So, we’ve gotta make the big fights happen.
“You know, it’s one (loss) – you can come back. Look at most of these challengers. They lose many different times, but how many times they get title fights?
“Look at Breazeale. He lost before [to Joshua] and now he’s (fought) in another title fight. You know, and the list goes on and on.”