Anthony Joshua a bigger draw than Deontay Wilder because he's taken risks

A match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the Cuban tested positive for banned substances

With Wilder being on the cusp of a super fight with Joshua I believe somebody knows somebody who knows something, making it pointless to breakdown the mechanics of both fighters other than to say that as a technician, minus speed, Ortiz is the better fighter with near equal power.

Wilder defends his WBC world heavyweight title against Cuban Luis Ortiz on Saturday, four weeks before AJ meets Joseph Parker in a unification clash for the IBF, WBA and WBO straps.

'I had a meeting with (Showtime chief) Stephen Espinoza last week, talking about AJ, and the landscape, and there is real appetite for Wilder to fight the victor of that fight (Whyte-Browne), if they don't make the AJ fight next, ' he said. "He sees that as an easier fight potentially than the Joseph Parker fight", Hearn said. Ortiz will be looking to make history as becoming the first Cuban heavyweight world champion in boxing history if he could defeat Wilder and lift his WBC strap. Heavyweight Championship fight, on March 31. After that, Deontay is coming to Cardiff, we can sit down, we can get that fight made. Hearn went on to say he refused a proposed Wilder offer of a 50-50 split because Joshua is the bigger draw.

Joshua is thought to have the more authentic record of the two and his stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in a title bout in which he was dropped and severely tested, overshadows anything Wilder has done to date. They got to say, 'Look we are exhausted of this, ' especially the Brits, because Hearn has brainwashed them so much.

Ortiz is also a powerful puncher but from the Southpaw side. "If he really wants it, he can make it happen".

A fight between Joshua and Fury seems a more realistic prospect despite the latter's issues over the past two years. He better take me seriously because he's going to find himself on the canvas before he knows it.

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Wilder is a -325 favorite to win the fight, with odds on a Ortiz victory at +250.

Talking of milking the cow, I think Deontay's got a chip on his shoulder, because his udders are dry, Hearn told Sky Sports News. I'm going to pass this test with flying colours.

Even with an incredible performance against Ortiz, Wilder knows that in order to get the universal respect that he believes he deserves, he's going to have to go through Joshua.

However you view Wilder, the result of his fight Saturday night against Luis Ortiz will help prove what you've been saying, posting and/or Tweeting up until this important point in his heavily scrutinized career.

Wilder returns to NY after blowing away former WBC champion Bermane Stiverne in the first round in November and has predicted a third-round finish this time, even though he admits Ortiz is his toughest title challenger yet.

The event is being promoted by Lou DiBella, who runs Wilder's cards and has a deal with USA network Showtime.


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