Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over a game Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Although the judges scored the fight 100-90 and 99-91 twice, both men fought through bloody noses at different points in the contest and both were stunned in a back-and-forth second round.
Ortiz, who earned his third consecutive victory since dropping a thrilling slugfest with WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder one year ago, is now looking for another world title shot.
“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” said Ortiz. “It was a hard fight, and my corner really had to work with me. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit. Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40-years-old. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready.”
Obviously, if Ortiz wants to beat Wilder or Joshua, he has to fight a lot better than he did on Saturday night, but overall, he was okay with his performance.
“I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work,” said Ortiz. “So I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out because I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.”
Should be interesting to see what happens next for Ortiz. Will he get Wilder or Joshua next? Only time will tell, but if he does, he better be ready!
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