Forget defending his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder was lucky to find his corner when the seventh round concluded.
(A boxer as successful as Wilder can more or less choose his opponents.) But another way, and a more memorable one, would be to knock him out on Saturday night.
Wilder needed a 10th round stoppage to hold off a determined Ortiz in Brooklyn. "If people had said he's the best, then I want to fight him, because I always said I'm the best". "Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy".
He said: "It was a great fight to say the least - well worth staying up for".
Wilder countered with a tweet: "We all know what happens to King Kong at the end of the movie".
"Both Wilder and Joshua are electric to watch, both punch very hard and both have shown signs of vulnerability".
If there were any doubts to Wilder's credentials to be considered among the best in his division, surely they were erased with his clinical finish of such a unsafe and heavy-handed challenger.
He then wobbled Ortiz again with right hand one round later before Ortiz got his revenge in the seventh.
"It's going to be a hell of a fight and somebody's going to hit the canvas", Ortiz told the New York Post. The end seemed near.
The 38-year-old Ortiz, a former Cuban amateur standout, appeared to outbox Wilder from distance over the first quarter of the fight. Ortiz rose to his feet and was saved by the bell from taking any serious damage. Wilder has long arms and an incautious, windmilling style, which could make him vulnerable. "But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm".
It was Stiverne who stepped in last November to fight Wilder after Ortiz failed a drug test, and the Canadian was knocked out for his trouble.
"There's no doubt in my mind that I can beat Deontay Wilder". "And I was able to do that".
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"I showed that I can punch on the inside as well". This easily was his toughest bout. He staggered Ortiz in the ninth before dropping him twice in the 10th, prompting a intervention by referee David Fields.
No wonder the American spoke highly of his 38-year old senior even after the fight.
But they might have been a touch nervous after a cagey first round which the challenger Ortiz nicked on the scorecards.
However, his power was enough on Saturday night in front of just over 14,000 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn in an untidy, scrappy and eventually brutal fight.
Wilder basically threw away the early rounds with a lack of aggression and much clowning.
In the fifth, with boos raining down from the crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center, Wilder finally landed a solid punch.
Wilder believes his hard-fought victory over Ortiz will be remembered as a career-defining moment for him and heaped praise on the Cuban for his efforts during the epic bout.
Wilder couldn't finish him, and was almost finished himself two rounds later.
Ortiz made it up and with less than 10 seconds left, Wilder was unable to go for the familiar finish but after such a cagey opening, he had, at last, started to stamp his authority on proceedings.
Wilder now hopes to land a fight between the victor of the unification fight on March 31 between IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker so that he can be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
"I'm ready for whoever", Wilder said. "I did receive a right hand, but I'm OK".
"I am the most risky man in the world". This solidifies my position at the top of the foodchain.