Published on August 31, 2019 at 11:20 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe press conference started normal — as normal as a head coach lying in a bed and speaking through television speakers gets. Freeze talked about how his team had chances early. He went on that if his team finished opportunities in the red zone, Liberty could’ve won the game.But the topic quickly shifted, and Freeze broke down what he described as a “wonderful idea.” LYNCHBURG, Va. — As the video call rang on the television inside the Liberty pressroom, head football coach Hugh Freeze popped onto a TV screen dressed for game day in a white windbreaker and red visor but prepared for hospital care, perched on bed rest inside a coaches’ room above the field.Freeze, still recovering from a staph infection in his spine which was nearly fatal, coached Saturday night’s season opener from that same room. Throughout the 24-0 loss, he could be seen through the window with a call sheet in hand. Freeze even called plays on first and second downs, he said. “It felt different,” Freeze said through the television screen. “It’s odd that I’m not down there to talk to officials and calling timeouts when we need to.”The loss to Syracuse marked Freeze’s first game as the head coach of Liberty, his first head coaching position since he resigned from Ole Miss in 2017 amid a scandal which involved Freeze calling escorts during recruiting trips.Refusing to relinquish his first chance to return to college football relevance, Freeze made an even bigger splash than Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr., who traveled to and from the game via helicopter. Falwell Jr. exited early in the second half.Freeze thanked Falwell Jr. and the entire university for partaking in what he described as “not normal” circumstances. He even joked it was probably a first in college football.Hugh Freeze conducts a halftime interview on ESPN+ in a hospital bed. Danny Emerman | Asst. Sports EditorThe move came with logistical issues — Freeze didn’t have a game clock in his room, which he said was a challenge as well as not being able to communicate perfectly with players on the field. That was part of the reason why he relinquished play-calling duties for third downs.That’s a good argument for why Freeze shouldn’t have coached and made his reemergence into the college football world a bit more subtle. But that’s not what Freeze chose. He wanted to be on television.“It was a pretty remarkable thing,” Freeze said. “And I’m thankful for it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ortiz has fought three times since falling to Wilder in the 10th of 12 rounds in March of last year, beating Razvan Cojanu and Travis Kauffman by knockout and Christian Hammer by unanimous decision. The win over Hammer was Ortiz’s most recent fight, in March. Wilder fought Breazeale in May.Will Wilder dispatch Ortiz more cleanly more than 18 months after their tight bout, or can Ortiz finish the win he nearly got in the seventh round last year? Either way, both fighters are set to come away from the fight much richer. Here’s a breakdown of that purse, including how much each fighter is expected to make.MORE: Full betting preview for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz 2Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 fight purse, prize moneyWilder will make at least $3 million, while Ortiz’s payout begins at $1.5 million, per Yahoo’s Kevin Iole. But according to an ESPN report (via Forbes), Wilder will end up with closer to $20 million, and Ortiz $7 million.Wilder made headlines by turning down DAZN’s $100-million, three-fight package in March. This week, he explained that decision in an interview with BoxingScene.com.“I didn’t take the DAZN deal because the people that were representing DAZN were coming with an offer that wasn’t up front and truthful with me,” Wilder said. “They came back and apologized to us. They knew they were in the wrong. … They were not honest in the information that was going in the offers, and who’s getting what. I felt that they hesitated to give us a response. They didn’t want to reveal the information, and that was very important information that we needed to make a decision.”In an interview with The Athletic, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper, who has little experience in the boxing world, admitted to having bungled the Wilder discussion.”I was too brash going in there without creating the relationships,” Skipper said. “Now I understand that I’ve got to work relationships, work within a framework and understand other peoples’ self-interests and needs as well.”MORE: Wilder says Colin Kaepernick “deserves another chance” Luis Ortiz came close to dethroning Deontay Wilder as WBC world heavyweight championship in 2018, and he’ll get another chance at the title Saturday.Wilder (41-0-1) will be the favorite over the 40-year-old Cuban. The undefeated champion has fought twice since beating Ortiz (31-1) by TKO, battling to a draw with Tyson Fury and knocking out Domic Breazeale. What is Deontay Wilder’s net worth?According to Forbes, Wilder earned more than $30.5 million in the first half of this year, after his win over Brazeale but before facing Ortiz. About $30 million of that came from salary/winnings, according to Forbes, with $500,000 more coming through endorsements.Deontay Wilder career recordWilder has never lost a professional fight. The 34-year-old turned pro in 2008 and won the WBC world heavyweight title by beating Bermane Stiverne in 2015. Wilder has defended the belt nine times since then, with just one fight going the distance.Wilder is 41-0-1, the lone blemish coming in a controversial draw with Tyson Fury in December 2018. There is plenty of demand for a rematch between Wilder and Fury, but that hasn’t yet come to fruition.