Wilder KOs Ortiz to Retain WBC Heavyweight Title

 

Unbeaten Deontay Wilder landed a devastating right hand to knock out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round and retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight title.

The 34-year-old Wilder remains on course to achieve his goal of unifying all four heavyweight belts despite being largely outboxed by Ortiz before the explosive one-punch finish at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas late Saturday night.

“When I see the right shot, it is baby good night,” Wilder said.

Unbeaten in 43 fights, Wilder showed why he is widely regarded as the most destructive puncher in the resurgent heavyweight division.

The “Bronze Bomber” recorded his 10th straight title defence to equal Muhammad Ali who achieved the feat between 1974 and 1978. Only four heavyweights in the history of boxing have made more than 10 consecutive title defences.

Wilder waited patiently for his big moment and when it came, with just nine seconds left in the round, it was stunning.

He followed a pawing jab with a crushing straight right that sent Ortiz’s head snapping back and his body crashing into the ropes before landing on the canvas.

“That was a punch intended to hurt for sure,” said the American. “I got him at the right angle, my feet were planted perfectly and I felt the torque.”

Ortiz tried to get up but he clearly could not continue. The fight was officially stopped at 2:51 of the seventh.

Unification goal

It was a repeat of their 2018 fight where Wilder had battled adversity to deliver a 10th-round stoppage.

Wilder’s win now sets up another money-spinning rematch with Tyson Fury scheduled for February.

If he comes through that a unification showdown against the winner of next month’s rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia for the other three major heavyweight belts could follow.

The fights with Fury, and Ruiz or Joshua, would generate millions for Wilder.

The last two years in heavyweight boxing have provided plenty of rousing match-ups and renewed enthusiasm in contrast to the previous 15 years or so which were dominated by the Klitschko brothers.

“I am looking for a unification bout,” Wilder said. “I want one champion, one face, one name that goes by Deontay Wilder.

“The heavyweight division is too small to have so many belts lingering around. It should be just be one champion and I think I am the perfect man for that job.”

The 40-year-old Ortiz, who was coming off three straight victories, was trying to become the first Cuban to win the world heavyweight title.

‘It was a war’

“This is boxing. I told everyone it wasn’t going to go 12 rounds,” said Ortiz.

Ortiz won most of the early rounds. He was the aggressor from the opening bell as he tagged Wilder with a left hook to the face in the opening round.

Ortiz also suffered a cut to his right temple area in the opening round due to an accidental clash of heads. But there was little blood flow and his corner did a good job of containing it as the rounds continued.

Both fighters were waiting for an opening in the second round and by the third Ortiz was building up points because he was the busier of the two.

Ortiz landed a big overhand shot in the fourth which excited the crowd and pumped up Wilder, who pounded his chest and yelled bring it on.

Ortiz’s plan to was to fight inside and pay attention to defence while Wilder was constantly looking for the knockout shot and hoping Ortiz would eventually tire himself out.

That transpired in the seventh as Ortiz walked straight into a punch that appeared to come out of nowhere, sending the Cuban into dreamland.

“I don’t care about losing rounds because it is a 12-round fight,” said Wilder. “I wanted to time my punches and do the right thing.

“I had to strategically move Ortiz. I had to time myself and calculate my punches. It was a war.”

Ortiz wasn’t so sure it should have been stopped even though he barely managed to wobble to his feet after the knockdown.

“I was clear-headed. When the count was at seven I was still trying to get up. Maybe the count was quicker than I thought,” he said.

13 Feared Dead As Private Jet Crashes In Mexico

View of a Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft to be auctioned by Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during the Aerospace Fair 2019 at the Santa Lucia military airbase in Zumpango, Mexico state, Mexico on April 26, 2019.
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The wreckage of a private jet that disappeared while flying from Las Vegas to Monterrey, in northern Mexico, was found Monday, with no sign that any of the 13 people on board survived, officials said.

Air-traffic controllers said they lost contact with the Bombardier Challenger 601 jet Sunday evening, after it abruptly lost altitude over the state of Coahuila, in northern Mexico.

“On an overflight of the area, (officials) sighted the remains of the aircraft in a mountainous, difficult-to-access area in the municipality of Ocampo, Coahuila,” the state public security ministry said in a statement.

“No survivors were observed.”

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Images of the wreckage on Mexican TV showed the badly charred and shattered remains of the fuselage, with only the wings and tail left intact.

A state aviation official had initially said there were 11 passengers on board the plane, but the ministry corrected the figure to 10, plus three crew: the pilot, the copilot and a flight attendant.

According to Mexican media reports, authorities believe the charter jet was flying a group of passengers back from Saturday night’s middleweight title fight in Las Vegas, in which Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Daniel Jacobs of the United States.

Its destination was the wealthy industrial city of Monterrey, in Nuevo Leon state, which borders Coahuila.

It is a three-hour flight from Las Vegas, in the US state of Nevada, to Monterrey.

Authorities said bad weather could have played a part in the crash.

“There has been a lot of atmospheric activity and instability recently. Over the past four days, we’ve had rainstorms, hail and winds with gusts of more than 60 kilometres (37 miles) per hour,” Francisco Martinez, Coahuila’s deputy public safety minister, told TV network Milenio.

AFP

22-Year-Old South African Crowned Miss Universe

Beauties from across the globe converged in Las Vegas Sunday, where Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, edged out her rivals from Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown.

Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations.

In the pageant’s 66th year, nearly 100 women from around the world — including first-timers from Cambodia, Laos and Nepal — took part.

The runner-up was actress Laura Gonzalez of Colombia, who was followed by second runner-up Davina Bennett of Jamaica.

The current Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere from France, crowned her successor to a din of squeals and cheers.

American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey hosted the event for the third time, making several jokes at his own expense.

In 2015 he famously made a mistake heard round the world when he announced the wrong person as Miss Universe, resulting in an extremely uncomfortable, tense correction and a deluge of internet memes.

Grammy-winning singer Fergie and pop star Rachel Platten provided the musical entertainment for Sunday’s show.

In the “Final Word” portion of the competition, Nel-Peters said “Miss Universe is a woman who has overcome many fears, and by that she is able to help many women overcome their fears.”

“She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for,” she said. “And I think that is exactly who I am.”

AFP

CMA’s Pay Tribute To Las Vegas Shooting, Hurricane Victims

The 2017 Country Music Association Awards (CMA’s) on Wednesday blended somber reflections on recent tragic events including the Las Vegas mass shooting with performances by top music stars and even a dose of political humor.

Eric Church opened the live three-hour broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee which aired on ABC with a rendition of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

Veteran hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood then took the reins, with Underwood declaring “This has been a year marked by tragedy impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family.”

Underwood referenced mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, fatal car attacks in New York and Charlottesville, Virginia., and deadly storms that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

“Tonight,” she proclaimed, “we’re going to do what families do, come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”

The hosts then dedicated the 51st CMA Awards “to all those we’ve lost, and to all of those who are still healing. We love you, and we will never forget you,” Paisley said.

Two hours into the show a screen with the pictures and names of the 58 people killed by a gunman in Las Vegas at a country music festival on October 1 filled the stage.

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Earlier the hosts lightened things up with banter about CMA’s edicts on avoiding controversial subjects, before launching into jokes about President Donald Trump for his cable news-watching and Twitter habits in a song parody take-off on Underwood’s hit “Before He Cheats,” replacing it with “Before He Tweets”.

Paisley sang about Trump tweeting “from a gold-plated White House toilet seat.”

“It’s fun to watch it that’s for sure, ’til little Rocket Man starts a nuclear war. Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets,” which drew cheers and applause, but fans’ reaction on social media was divided.

Country music legend Garth Brooks was among the big winners, taking home the top award Entertainer of the Year for a second straight year.

Female vocalist of the year went to Miranda Lambert while Chris Stapleton was again named male vocalist of the year.

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Other honorees included single of the year, won by Keith Urban for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and Taylor Swift’s “Better Man,” which won song of the year.

Jon Pardi won for new artist, while Stapleton won album of the year for “From a Room: Volume 1.”

Reuters

Gunman Fired For About Nine To 11 Minutes – Las Vegas Police

Las Vegas police on Tuesday (October 3) said that Stephen Paddock, the retiree who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, strafed the concert crowd with bullets for nine to 11 minutes before taking his own life, and had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel suite so he could see police as they closed in on his location.

Authorities said that Paddock left an arsenal of 49 guns but no clear clues as to why he staged the attack on a crowd of 20,000 from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay hotel. More than 500 people were injured, some trampled.

The investigation into the motives of the mass shooting turned to the gunman’s girlfriend in the Philippines, where she turned up after the massacre, authorities said. Law enforcement authorities were hoping to obtain some answers from a woman identified as Paddock’s live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who they say was a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Danley, an Australian citizen reported to have been born in the Philippines, had been sharing Paddock’s condo at a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Las Vegas, according to police and public records. Investigators were examining a $100,000 wire transfer Paddock, 64, sent to an account in the Philippines that “appears to have been intended” for Danley, a senior U.S. homeland security official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Trump Arrives In Las Vegas As FBI Questions Shooter’s Girlfriend

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on October 4, 2017. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

 

President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in Las Vegas to meet survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Air Force One touched down at McCarran International Airport as the FBI was questioning the girlfriend of gunman Stephen Paddock for clues to what drove him to mass murder.

“We’re going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done really a fantastic job in a very short time,” Trump said as he departed the White House.

“It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally,” said the 71-year-old.

Paddock’s girlfriend returned to the United States from the Philippines late Tuesday and was met by FBI agents waiting to hear whatever she might know about the motive for the Sunday night massacre, which left 58 dead and more than 500 injured.

“They’re learning a lot more,” Trump said of the investigation. “And that’ll be announced at the appropriate time.”

Although the FBI was eager to talk to her, Marilou Danley, 62, is not in custody — she is classified as a “person of interest” to investigators — and is free to go wherever she wants, US media reported.

She was out of the country when Paddock opened fire with high-powered rifles from a 32nd floor hotel room at a sea of concertgoers below on the Las Vegas Strip.

Authorities are investigating reports that while she was in the Philippines, Paddock wired her $100,000.

Danley is an Australian citizen who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the Australian government confirmed Tuesday.

Authorities have been at a loss as to how a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant had hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to the hotel and launched his assault.

Investigators say the shooting appeared to be extensively planned: Paddock set up one camera in the peephole of his hotel room door and two in the hallway.

“I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

 47 firearms seized

Meanwhile, victims began to be identified in the media, each new story stirring emotions as America once again grappled with calls for reforms to its permissive firearm control laws.

US officials have reacted cautiously to a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that the shooter had carried out Sunday night’s massacre on its behalf.

Authorities said Paddock, who had no criminal record, smashed windows in his hotel room shortly after 10pm on Sunday and rained fire on a crowd of some 22,000 attending a country music concert below.

In footage of the massacre, the sustained rattle of gunfire is heard as people scream and bolt for cover with little idea of where the shots were coming from.

Paddock fired through the door of his hotel room and hit a security guard in the leg. But when a SWAT team stormed the room where Paddock had been staying since September 28, they found he had killed himself.

Authorities have seized 47 firearms from three locations.

 ‘Mind of a psychopath’

So far, investigators have found nothing to explain Paddock’s actions, but were continuing to hunt and trace every possible clue about a gunman they described as a “psychopath.”

“For this individual to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable,” Lombardo told journalists Tuesday, saying the shooter’s degree of preparation made it clear the attack was extensively premeditated.

Details have gradually emerged about some of the victims — a kindergarten teacher from California who had married her childhood sweetheart, a Tennessee nurse, a high-school secretary from New Mexico.

Stories of heroism also surfaced. Bruce Ure, deputy police chief of the small Texas city of Seguin, was in the concert’s VIP section when the gunfire broke out.

He sheltered from the bullets between two buses, then tended to three strangers who had been shot, loading them into a passing car and riding with them to hospital.

“They were all crying, and I was too,” he told AFP. “They were saying that ‘We’re going to die, we’re going to die,’ and I still remember telling them: ‘Not tonight, not tonight. Tonight’s not your night. You’re going to be ok.’ Because I truly believed it.”

While the White House has rebuffed calls to reopen the fraught US debate on gun control, Congress did shelve a controversial plan to make it easier to purchase gun silencers and make it more difficult to classify certain ammunition as “armor piercing.”

‘Two doors from a lunatic’

According to his brother, Paddock was a high-stakes gambler and their bank-robber father was once on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.

But Eric Paddock said his brother had led an otherwise normal life.

“He liked to play video poker. He went on cruises. He sent his mother cookies,” he said.

Paddock’s neighbors in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas, were similarly dumbfounded to discover the killer lived in their midst.

“It just blew me away,” said Rod Sweningson. “We’ve never even thought about locking our doors. We didn’t know we lived two doors down from a lunatic.”

The Las Vegas attack is the deadliest shooting in recent US history, surpassing the toll of 49 dead in an attack on a Florida nightclub in June 2016.

AFP

Eiffel Tower Goes Dark For Las Vegas Victims

The sun sets over the River Seine near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on October 3, 2017. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, on Monday night went dark in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.

At least 59 people were killed and hundreds wounded Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Earlier Sunday, a man knifed two young women to death outside the main train station in Marseille, France’s second-biggest city.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for both attacks via the jihadists’ propaganda outlet Amaq, which said they were carried out by its “soldiers”. It did not provide any evidence for either claim.

“Tonight we will turn off the Eiffel Tower from midnight in homage to the victims of the attacks in Marseille and Las Vegas,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote, adding the hashtag “we are united”.

The French capital has repeatedly switched off the night-time lights on its most famous landmark to show solidarity with victims of terror attacks from London to Kabul.

AFP

TRENDING: Shocked Celebrities React To Las Vegas Shooting

People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Following the tragic shooting at the crowd in a country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday, America and the world has continued to express shock.

The tragic incident which killed 60 and injured 500 people has made celebrities take to social media to voice their reaction and heartfelt condolences.

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Some of these celebrities are also arguing for greater gun control in the United States.

Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Britney Spears, who all have acts lined up in the concert, said they were heartbroken. While Ariana Grande is preaching Love, Unity and Peace.

Rihanna wrote: ‘Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!’

Taylor Swift said, ‘There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families,’

Lady Gaga who seems deeply vexed by the attack said, “This is terrorism plain and simple,” while Ava Duvernay said ‘lone wolf’ or ‘killer’ in the American press, but not often as ‘terrorist.’

Nick Jonas express devastation at the news calling for prayers for Vegas while Tyra Banks said her heart is with the victims. John Legend is also heartbroken by the news.

Reacting to the horrific incident, the Kardashian clan including Kim, Khloe and Kourtney said they sent prayers to the victims. Ariana Grande in her reaction said, “My heart is breaking for Las Vegas’.

No Connection Between Las Vegas Shooting And Terrorism So Far – FBI

Police form a perimeter around the road leading to the Mandalay Hotel (background) after a gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music concert in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Investigators have so far found “no connection” between international terrorist groups and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500, an FBI special agent said Monday.

The Islamic State group, through its propaganda arm, had earlier claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming the shooter was a recently converted “soldier.” Police said the attack was carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant.

“As this event unfolds we have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group,” said Aaron Rouse, the special agent in charge of the Las Vegas office of the FBI.

AFP

Singer Jason Aldean Safe After Las Vegas Shooting

Singer Jason Aldean at Academy of Country Music Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Photo: Reuters

A gunman killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, shooting down from the 32nd floor of a hotel, where he was shot dead by police.

The shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Country singer Jason Aldean was reportedly on the stage when gunshots went off according to reports by Fox News. The singer left a message on his Instagram profile confirming his safety following the attack.

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Las Vegas is a major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and nightlife, which would have been packed at time the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. (0400 GMT).

The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.

The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016.

Reuters

Islamic State Group Claims Las Vegas Attack

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 01: People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

The Islamic State group claimed Monday that the shooting massacre in Las Vegas was carried out by one of its “soldiers” who had “converted to Islam” months ago.

“The executor of the Las Vegas attack is a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried out the operation as a response” to calls to target countries engaged in military action against the jihadists, IS’s propaganda outlet Amaq said in online statements.

“The author of the Las Vegas attack converted to Islam a few months ago,” Amaq said, in the statements posted on the Telegram online messaging service.

It provided no evidence to back up its claims.

Fifty people were killed and hundreds wounded on Sunday night when an attacker opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

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Police said Nevada resident Stephen Paddock had been found dead by special forces responding to reports of gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

At least eight rifles rented by the 64-year-old were found inside the room, the added.

The statements come after IS on Friday released an audio recording of what it said was its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling on jihadists in Syria and Iraq to “resist” their enemies.

That was seen as a move to boost the morale of its fighters under pressure in the Syria and Iraq in the face of offensives by the Damascus regime and its allies including Russia and US-backed fighters in both countries.

Since Baghdadi’s previous message to his followers last November, the territory the jihadists still hold in the cross-border “caliphate” they proclaimed in 2014 has shrunk to a fraction of its former extent.

AFP

Lady Gaga Demands Gun Control Amid Artist Shock At Vegas Carnage

Singer Lady Gaga attends the press conference for “Gaga: Five Foot Two” during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox September 8, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario. VALERIE MACON / AFP

Lady Gaga urged US leaders Monday to act quickly to tighten gun laws following the carnage in Las Vegas as artists voiced shock at the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Gaga used her social media power to press politicians.

“This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now,” the pop star wrote to her more than 71 million followers on Twitter, where her account is the seventh most popular.

She took to task the call for prayers by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who like President Donald Trump and most other Republican leaders is a staunch opponent of regulations on guns.

“Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly,” she wrote.

Gaga also invited fans to join her in a live-streamed 20 minutes of silent meditation or prayer “to connect us all through inner peace.”

Police form a perimeter around the road leading to the Mandalay Hotel (background) after a gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Mark RALSTON / AFP

Country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift, the fourth most followed person on Twitter, steered clear of politics as she wrote: “There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.”

Rihanna similarly tweeted:: “Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!”

At least 58 people were killed and 500 injured when a heavily armed gunman opened fire from his hotel room onto an open-air country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Jason Aldean, who was playing the headlining set when bullets began raining down, called the attack “beyond horrific.”

“It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” he wrote on Instagram.

Maren Morris, who played the same Route 91 Harvest festival on Saturday, recalled that “we were all singing” the day before the tragedy.

“I’m in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon,” she tweeted.

AFP