By WVUA 23 Web Contributor Sarah Fowerbaugh

Deontay Wilder, a Tuscaloosa native, had to fight hard to protect his title Saturday night at the Barclays Center in his fight against Cuban fighter Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. But onlookers may have not known Wilder had also just gotten over an illness.

In the seventh round of the fight, Wilder struggled against Ortiz, but managed to stay on his feet. Then in the 10th round, the Bronze Bomber took over. A right uppercut to Ortiz’s chin ended the fight via a technical knockout, and Wilder once again was able to claim the title “Heavyweight Champion of the World.” Wilder’s record is 40-0, with 39 knockouts.

Following the fight, Wilder said the only thing left for him to do is to unify the division.

“I showed I had the bigger heart,” Wilder said. “And I solidified myself at the top as the baddest man on the planet. And like I’ve always said, my mission is to unify the division. I’m not afraid to risk myself for bigger rewards, because I want to prove to the world that I am the best. That’s my ultimate goal, to prove to the world that I am the best.”

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