Luis Ortiz: ‘Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready’

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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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.

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Anthony Joshua is willing to fight Luis Ortiz after Miller(VIDEO)

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is ready to make his mark in America, and that starts on June 1 when he battles Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The boxing public has waited for Joshua to battle WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, but they could never agree on a fight. Also, lineal champion Tyson Fury has recently signed with Top Rank/ESPN, so a fight with him might be difficult to make for Joshua.

So, where does Joshua go if he beats Miller? Maybe, he fights Luis Ortiz.

Listen below as Joshua talks about fighting Ortiz if he does not get Wilder or Fury. He was a guest on the Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 in New York City on Wednesday.

Ortiz: ‘I had Wilder hurt; I just made mental mistakes during the fight’

Back in March, heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz had the opportunity of a lifetime. The 39-year-old had WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder hurt badly in the 7th round of their fight, but Ortiz could not finish the deal. Ultimately, Wilder would survive and stop Ortiz in 10.

Ortiz believes he made some ‘mental mistakes’ against Wilder, which he thinks cost him the fight.

“I think that my performance against Wilder and since that fight have warranted a rematch,” Ortiz said on Wednesday. “I had Wilder hurt, I just made mental mistakes during the fight. I was fatigued, but I did not get knocked out flat. The referee did his job, but I feel that I did enough to merit another shot. I’ve worked hard to correct the mistakes I made and in a rematch, it would be a different ending.

“Wilder vs. Fury will be an interesting fight. Wilder is fighting someone taller than him for the first time, and that could make it go a lot of ways. But I really do believe Wilder is going to win and win by knockout.”

On December 1, Ortiz will battle Travis Kauffman on the undercard of Wilder-Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Let’s be real, Ortiz is a very dangerous fighter, and may not be worth the risk for Wilder, especially if Wilder can get a fight with Anthony Joshua. However, Wilder-Joshua has a lot of complications. Therefore, if Ortiz keeps winning, maybe he will get his rematch with Wilder sometime down the line.

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Ortiz: ‘If all goes as expected and Wilder puts Fury to sleep like I think he will, I want another shot at him ASAP’

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz returns on December 1 at Staples Center on the undercard of Wilder-Fury to battle Travis Kauffman. Back in March,  the 39-year-old Ortiz nearly had Wilder out on his feet in the seventh until he ultimately succumbed to Wilder’s power in the 10th round, suffering the first loss of his professional career. A consensus top-5 heavyweight, Ortiz will look for another knockout as he hopes to earn a rematch with Wilder in the revived heavyweight division.

“I feel blessed to be on the Wilder vs. Fury card and competing on a huge night of boxing in front of a full house,” said Ortiz. “In my last fight at STAPLES Center the fans showed me so much love and I can’t wait to be back. I know Travis Kauffman has a good record and I know he’s definitely got heart. If all goes as expected and Wilder puts Fury to sleep like I think he will, I want another shot at him ASAP. It will be an epic rematch between me and Wilder.”

Kauffman, of Reading, Penn., is coming off a majority decision over Scott Alexander in May in which the two heavyweights traded first round knockdowns. Kauffman is 14-1 (1 NC) in his last 16 fights with the sole loss coming to Amir Mansour in March 2017.

“I’m looking forward to stepping up and challenging myself in an exciting fight,” said Kauffman. “Luis Ortiz is the second best heavyweight in the world next to Deontay Wilder. But I’m the toughest fighter you’ll ever face. This is my chance to prove that I’m a great fighter and I’m excited to do it on this huge stage.”

Wilder: ‘I think the puncher is going to box his(Fury) lights out, and then I’m going to knock his lights out’

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder(40-0, 39 KOs) held a media day Monday in Los Angeles where he discussed his blockbuster matchup against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury(27-0, 19 KOs) taking place Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Wilder arrived in Los Angeles to show off his skills in front of media at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica.

Coming off his victory against Luis Ortiz back in March, Wilder now feels he is at the top of his game.

“Luis Ortiz was the most avoided fighter in the heavyweight division, and I understand why he had never gotten the title shot before,” Wilder said on Monday. “I’m the type of fighter who gives people opportunities, and he was the fighter I needed to face to prove to the world what I’m all about.

“This is not a game for me. Everyone has heard about what it’s like to be in the ring with me, but until you’re in there, you don’t know for sure that what you’ve been hearing is for real. I’m the best in the world. I don’t think any heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through.”

Wilder believes this fight will match the puncher versus the boxer, and in the end, the Alabama native thinks the puncher will win.

“Fury has height just like me, and he also brings an awkward style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s the best in the world.” Wilder said. “You’ll get two giants who are athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this sport.

“They say that I have the power and he has the boxing skills. We’ll see on December 1. It’s a puncher versus a boxer. I think the puncher is going to box his lights out, and then I’m going to knock his lights out.”

Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of the 6-foot-9 Fury. Something has to give on December 1.
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Ortiz on Wilder: ‘If I hadn’t been fatigued, I’d still be punching him today’

The last time we saw heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz in the ring was back in March when he was stopped in the 10th round by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. However, this was a fight that was there for the taking. Ortiz had Wilder in serious trouble in round 7, but Wilder was able to stay upright and survive the round.

For Ortiz, the Wilder fight taught him a lot of things:

“I learned that I need to train even harder, fight harder, throw more and connect more. If I hadn’t been fatigued, I’d still be punching him(Wilder) today,” Ortiz said on Thursday. “I threw the clock away at the gym. We’re going to be smarter going forward.”

Now, Ortiz(28-1, 24 KOs) is back as he will battle Razvan Cojanu(16-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at Staples Center on the Mikey Garcia- Robert Easter Jr. undercard(SHOWTIME(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

“My hunger and motivation to become world champion has not changed at all,” Ortiz said. “My opponent is very big, but in the ring, everyone is the same size. We’re going to be smart, and I’m going to do my job on Saturday night.”

The 39-year-old Cuban is finally at the point where he is over the Wilder loss. However, his ultimate goal is to get a rematch with Wilder:

“The Wilder fight is what it is. It’s the past now, and I don’t regret it,” Ortiz said. “At the end of the day I want the rematch, and I believe I deserve the rematch. They’re still running from me, and they’re obviously running from Wilder, but I’m running from no one.

“A victory on Saturday night will put me back in line for the rematch with Deontay Wilder.”

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Luis Ortiz: ‘I’m looking to make a statement on July 28’

Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz returns to action to face former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a 10-round bout on Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will open with unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios taking on hard-hitting Jose Roman in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by lightweight world championship title unification bout between WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.

After having heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder nearly out on his feet in their March classic, Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) eventually succumbed to the power of the unbeaten champion. Now, Ortiz looks to get back to world title contention on July 28. Originally, from Camaguey, Cuba, now residing in Miami, Fla., Ortiz will fight in Los Angeles for the first time as a professional. Ortiz quickly became one of the most avoided men in boxing with victories over Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott on his way to the memorable showdown with Wilder.

“I’m looking to make a statement on July 28 and get back to challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world,” said Ortiz. “I’m excited to be back in the ring. I am thankful to have this opportunity. To all the fans in Los Angeles, don’t miss this great card at STAPLES Center. ‘The Real King Kong’ is coming to LA!”

A native of Romania and fighting out of Burbank, Calif., Cojanu (16-3, 9 KOs) challenged then WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker for the title in May 2017. Cojanu took the New Zealand champion the distance but lost via unanimous decision in the champion’s home country. Standing over six-foot-seven, Cojanu scored three straight knockout victories in 2016 to earn the title shot and will return to the ring for his first fight in the U.S. since January 2016.”I’m proud and confident to know that I will be stepping into the ring against a worthy opponent on July 28,” said Cojanu. “Luis Ortiz is a world-class fighter with a lot of experience, which will give me the opportunity to show my skills to all the fans at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and watching on SHOWTIME.”

 

Wilder believes that Ortiz will be a tougher opponent than Joshua

Deontay Wilder has silenced the critics once again after his 10th round knockout of Luis Ortiz last Saturday night at Barclays Center.

The WBC heavyweight champion proved that his chin could stand up to the power of Ortiz when he survived a brutal attack in the 7th-round of the fight.

The next big challenge for Wilder(40-0, 39 KOs) is IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua(20-0, 20 KOs), who battles WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on March 31.

However, according to Wilder, Ortiz will turn out to be a tougher opponent than Joshua:

“The thing about Joshua: he’s stiff. All them muscles and stuff it looks good to look the part,” Wilder told TMZ Sports. “As far as being the part, it’s a different thing. Ortiz put his combinations together very well. He’s a slick southpaw. He’s very crafty, and he knows what he’s doing. With Joshua, he don’t have as much experience like Ortiz. It’s day and night when it comes to skills and what he could do in and out of the ring. Why do you think those guys ducked Ortiz?”

Ortiz, 38, is a southpaw with power and has excellent technical boxing skills, but Joshua, 28, is younger and might be a better finisher than Ortiz. If Joshua had Wilder in trouble as Ortiz did in that 7th round, does Wilder survive?

For now, all we can do is speculate, but if Joshua beats Parker on March 31, Wilder should be next!

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Joseph Parker reacts to Wilder’s thrilling victory over Ortiz(WATCH)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(40-0, 39 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round knockout over Luis  Ortiz(28-1, 24 KOs) last Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This fight was memorable and was seen by many from around the world, including WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who is preparing for his unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on March 31.

Here is how Parker reacted to Wilder’s stunning KO of Luis Ortiz:

 

Let’s hope Parker does not ruin our chances of seeing Wilder-Joshua at some point in 2018!