Deontay Wilder is a true showman who knew Saturday’s night fight with David Ortiz would be his biggest challenge to date.

In a career-defining performance against the most avoided fighter in the division, Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) rallied from the brink of defeat to finish fellow unbeaten Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in a dramatic, all-action fight in Brooklyn.

There was a lot of back and forth action in this fight, with Ortiz generally outboxing Wilder for most the fight, but Wilder was able to use his fight equalizing power to drop Ortiz in round 5. But by round 7 Ortiz was storming back, badly hurting Wilder himself, although Wilder was able to survive that round without suffering a trip to the canvas.

By the time the 10th round came around, both fighters were exchanging huge shots, but Wilder was the one who made it count by hurting Ortiz badly with a left and right hand that put Ortiz down again. Ortiz was able to beat the count but it was obvious he was in bad shape, and Wilder knew it, coming on with a barrage of punches that crumbled Ortiz again. At that point, the referee immediately calling off the fight.

” ‘King Kong’ ain’t got nothing on me!” Wilder screamed after the victory. “A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight. If you speak it and believe it, you will receive it, baby. The mind is very powerful.”

The brash slugger made the seventh defense of his WBC title and needed to walk through hell to get there as Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) outboxed him early before battering Wilder in a wild Round 7 that saw the champion lucky to make the final bell.

In the post-fight interview, Wilder said he wants Anthony Joshua for a potential unification title fight, but he’s aware that their side isn’t in a rush to face him. The boxing world can only hope for that fight to happen asap.

“I always said that I want to unify,” said Wilder. “I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.”