Deontay Wilder downs Luis Ortiz via 10th-Round TKO

The spectacular win at Barclays Center in Brooklyn was Wilder's seventh consecutive title defense since winning the WBC belt in 2015.

Kahron Spearman

Deontay Wilder jumped to 40-0 Saturday night when he dropped Luis Ortiz in the 10th round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to retain the WBC heavyweight title. 

The Tuscaloosa native has defended his version of the heavyweight title seven times - all by knockout - since he gained the belt with a unanimous-decision win over Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.

In the seventh round, Wilder was nearly knocked out himself by the slicker, more technical Ortiz, a former Cuban defector that was thought to be Wilder's style kryptonite. Wobbled by a series of punches, Wilder managed to show his grit in surviving the round.

'King Kong' ain't got nothing on me. A true champion always finds a way to come back, and that's what I did tonight. Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.

Deontay Wilder
WBC World Heavyweight Champion

After a few years of verbal jabs volleyed the Atlantic toward each other, Wilder and Anthony Joshua - the IBF, WBA, and IBO champion - appear headed to the most significant clash within the division in years.

"Make no mistake, I was with Anthony Joshua this morning. He wants to fight Deontay Wilder," Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports News. "He sees that as an easier fight potentially than the Joseph Parker fight.

"The plan is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He's got to deal with Parker first on March 31. It's a tough fight. After that, Deontay is coming to Cardiff. We can sit down; we can get that fight made. No problems from our side."