Deontay Wilder Was Last Knocked Out By A Russian Beast
Deontay Wilder was once beaten by Russian Evgenyi Romanov in the 'Bronze Bomber's' only KO defeat.
Wilder battled Romanov in a USA vs Russia fight in Novosibirsk back in 2008.
The American saw himself fall to a third round KO loss after being overwhelmed by his shorter competitor.
It's not the type of humiliation Wilder will want to be reminded of ahead of his WBC Heavyweight Title defence against Luis Ortiz tonight.
The bout was a cruiserweight clash early in both fighter's respective careers.
Wilder did start the fight in control and had a commanding 4-2 point lead at the end of the first round.
He managed to use his six foot seven frame to his advantage and keep the six foot Russian at bay.
But Romanov settled into the bout in the second round and managed to swing momentum into his favour.
All of Wilder's tricks were countered with slick counter-punches that seemed to shock the current WBC Heavyweight Champion.
Wilder had to take a standing count at the end of round two following a strong right from the Russian.
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That gave Romanov all the momentum heading into round three where he sealed victory.
He forced a second starting count early on before he planted Wilder with two firm strikes that saw the referee award victory to Romanov.
The 34-year-old turned pro in 2016 and he has managed to establish an impressive record.
He is currently 13-0 with 9 knock-outs and has won a variety of amateur championships in his early years.
Meanwhile, Wilder has since gone on to become one of the world's top heavyweights and sits at 42 currently unbeaten.
Should he defeat Ortiz tonight his next fight is likely to be the highly anticipated rematch with Tyson Fury.
⚖️ #WilderOrtiz2 weigh-in:
:flag_us: Deontay Wilder - 219.5lbs
:flag_cu: Luis Ortiz - 236.5lbs pic.twitter.com/l0Eq6tmC9C
- All Of The Belts (@AllOfTheBelts) November 22, 2019
Their first fight last year ended in a controversial draw and it's the only pro fight Wilder hasn't won.
The rematch is reportedly set for February 22.
But Ortiz is no slouch and his only loss came to Wilder in March last year.
Who do you think will win the rematch between Wilder and Ortiz?
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