WBC champion Wilder is the favourite, but even he admits this will be the biggest test of his career so far when he faces Cuban Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Barclays Center in NY.
Wilder is going to be the favorite heading into Saturday's fight, but Ortiz will have his backers. I've had to fight all of my life because people said I wouldn't amount to anything.
"We're gonna put the most unsafe with the most feared, and mix the recipe together and see what kind of cake we come out with", Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) told amNewYork on Wednesday after his media workout at the arena. He looks good, like that.750 hitter in high school who has a first-round draft grade, but until you see him against major league pitching, it's all just projection and opinion.
Incredibly half of those stoppages happened in the first round, including a rematch with Stiverne the last time he fought in November, and the 6ft 7ins giant has more than lived up to his nickname as the Bronze Bomber, gained in recognition of his medal at the 2008 Olympics. But no one at heavyweight can compete with Wilder's athleticism, which could play a major role should this fight turn into a shootout early on.
Who do you think is the best heavyweight in the division?
"Somebody's "0", got to go and you all already know what I come to do". Well, I'm here and I'm ready for him. It's going to be up to him to prove me wrong. I don't see Deontay Wilder as a special heavyweight, as some others do, and I think his management feels the same way I do. I would love to get that fight in the interim, perhaps June or July, and the general consensus is Wilder's run out of opponents. "I told them if I'm coming over there, I've got to get in the ring". "His trash talk makes me laugh".
What makes Ortiz's expected seven-figure payday for fighting Wilder on Saturday night (Sunday NZT) so unsavoury is that it comes just days after British boxer Scott Westgarth tragically died following a low-level bout in Doncaster, England.
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Deontay Wilder may be one of the hardest hitters in world boxing - but Dillian Whyte fears the American's inability to take a punch could derail his hopes of meeting Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight super-fight.
Here's a look at where the money is going from Vegas bookmakers, along with opinions from boxing experts, boxers' trainers and my prediction for the fight.
When the southpaw, Luis Ortiz, steps into the ring this weekend, he will be a few week's shy of his 39 birthday. Sometimes I do voiceovers and different things.
Ortiz is a bigger and more refined boxer than Szpilka.
To find someone who's slugged it out with more than two of the top contenders, however, you have to turn to sparring and none other than Lenroy Thomas.
"The heavyweights have always been the shine and glory of boxing, " said Wilder, who, with some luck-along with a stroke or two of his right hand-could bring some of that back to sport that desperately needs it.
When the first meaningful punch is landed by either fighter we will then realize who the eventual victor might be.
Ortiz certainly provides the kind of danger Wilder has never seen before.