0:20 Wilder questions if Tyson Fury will honour their rematch agreement
0:42 Joshua was toppled Ruiz Jr but plots revenge
Ortiz is one of at least nine noble challengers who wage war, desperate to take Wilder or Ruiz Jr’s position as champion, or Joshua and Fury’s status. This crop of dangerous creatures includes Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk, Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker and they each pose a threat, they each creep closer every day.
The exiled king is gone but not forgotten by the champion who wears a golden mask and crown.
“Me and Joshua have a different mindset,” Wilder boasted. “Mine is strong, way stronger than his.
“I’m fighting for one champion, one face, one name – the [undisputed] champion. Nobody will get in my way, nobody.
“This is what it’s all about – the heavyweight division, the big boys, the heavy hitters – where one hit can end everything, no matter how hard a person has worked.”
The iron throne awaits whoever survives this latest battle. Joshua’s comeback is imminent, but the first move is Wilder’s.
Wilder vs Ortiz is on Sunday morning at 2am, live on Sky Sports, after Callum Smith vs John Ryder on Saturday night.