Luis Ortiz: ‘If fighters avoid me, there’s nothing I can do about it’

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz is a very talented fighter, and he is a guy that is high-risk with not much reward. Ortiz, 39, is a southpaw with serious power, which means facing him won’t be an easy night for any fighter in the heavyweight division, and on Saturday night, Ortiz will continue his march to a world title when he battles Christian Hammer at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Since losing to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Ortiz has stopped his last two opponents, but he knows if he continues to dominate, fighters might be reluctant to get in the ring with him.

“Whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to go in there and try to knock them out,” Ortiz said at a media workout on Wednesday. “I’m not going to change for anyone. If fighters avoid me, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Recently, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said he would have some interest in Ortiz if he does not get Wilder or Tyson Fury, and while Ortiz has an interest in Joshua, the fight he really wants is a rematch with Wilder.

“If there is a chance to rematch Deontay Wilder, that’s the fight I want,” Ortiz said. “That’s the fight to make. I want to give the fans the fights they want.”

Erislandy Lara headlines the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® triple-header as the former long-reigning champion challenges Brian Castaño and also features exciting heavyweight contender Ortiz battling former world title challenger Christian Hammer in a 10-round contest. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with once-beaten contenders Bryan De Gracia and Eduardo Ramirez squaring off for a 12-round featherweight clash.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
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