Luis Ortiz Set To Return Against Scott Alexander On November 7th
By: Hans Themistode
Cuban native Luis Ortiz is making one final push to reach the mountain of the heavyweight division. The former WBA interim titlist and two time title challenger, is set to return to the ring as the co main event on November 7th, against Scott Alexander.
The headliner on the night is former unified champion Andy Ruiz. He’ll look to get his career back on track and erase the “lucky” label that has seemingly been attached to him when he takes on Chris Arreola.
For Ortiz, he’s spent long stretches of his career near the top of the division. Along with his eye-catching knockout performance’s came a reputation of being the division’s boogieman. Yet, with one Deontay Wilder right hand, those myths were quickly thrown out the window. The two went toe to toe in a fight of the year candidate back in 2018. It was the first time in the career of Ortiz that he found himself fighting for a world title and he did not disappoint.
After spending the majority of the first half of their contest out boxing his man, Ortiz, like most Wilder opponents, found himself looking up at the ceiling lights while the referee began his count. The Cuban native managed to make it back to his feet but was once again sent down to the mat, this time for good.
It was the first defeat of his career, but Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) saw his stock rise. So much so that he earned another shot at Wilder one year later. This time around, things ended anticlimactically as Wilder finished Ortiz with a single punch in the seventh round.
Now, at an age where fighters typically decide to hang up their gloves, Ortiz is looking to make another run.
For Scott Alexander (16-3-2, 8 KOs) his career has been spent in boxing obscurity. The career long journeyman has never found himself in the title hunt, nor has he faced any of the upper echelon of the division.
He is however, riding a two fight win streak, albeit against less than stellar opposition.
With Tyson Fury handing Ortiz a gift in dethroning Wilder earlier this year, the Cuban native will attempt what he hopes to be an easier road to a world title.
Luis Ortiz Open to Mike Tyson Bout
By: Hans Themistode
Boxers around the world have been affected negatively by COVID-19. But none more so than Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz. At 41 years of age, the former WBA interim world champion has become a ticking time bomb. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, but Father Time has a close eye on him.
At one point, Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) was known as the boogieman of the division, but two stoppage losses to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder quickly changed that narrative.
But even with Wilders right hand permanently tattooed on his forehead, Ortiz still has hopes of becoming the first Cuban born Heavyweight world champion. For now though, he simply sits back and waits until the phone rings for another opportunity.
“I’ve stayed at home like everyone else,'” Ortiz said to George Ebro. “But I’ve remained active, with proper physical preparation. I already have my ring at home and there I do the exercises. I’ve been told I could fight again between August or September. In any case, I’ll be ready.”
A third fight with Wilder is out of the question. But with title holders such as Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, the Cuban big man still has plenty of options.
For now, it’s all about placing himself in a win, win situation, which is easier said than done. Both Wilder and Fury have a third date penciled in for one another, while Joshua on the other hand has a candlelit dinner of his own with Kubrat Pulev. Other contenders such as Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois all have previously booked matchups as well.
With that being said, there is a recently un retired former world champion who is currently in search of his own dance partner at the moment as well.
“I’m not a boxer sitting down to pick names for some convenience,” Ortiz added. “I’m going against whoever it is and whoever I want. Now there’s a lot of talk about Mike Tyson’s return. If he wants to, I’ll even go against him. I just need a name and a date.”
Luis Ortiz Has an Eye on Andy Ruiz Jr
By: Hans Themistode
Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz is in search of a fight. Which isn’t exactly surprising considering his track record.
The last time he was seen in the ring, Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) was seemingly just a few rounds away from becoming the first Cuban born Heavyweight world champion.
On November 23rd, at the MGM Grand Arena, in Las Vegas Nevada, Ortiz found himself standing across the ring from then champion Deontay Wilder. Through six rounds, Ortiz was on his way to making history. Cuban born fighters have always garnered a ton of respect in the boxing world. They’re often slick, defensively responsible, strong and maybe even a bit boring. Ortiz was all of that, minus the boring part.
For as good as Cuban born fighters have proven to be, the Heavyweights have shown that they are just that. Good, but not great.
Yet, with six rounds left in his second shot at a Heavyweight title, Ortiz almost hit champion status. But then, like most of Wilder’s fights, everything came to an end as Ortiz was stopped in the 7th round.
With two cracks at a world title coupled with two losses, Ortiz seems perfectly content with going from contender to high level gatekeeper.
“All of those people who are out there, Kownacki the one who lost, Povetkin, Dillan Whyte … they all want to fight for world titles, but first they have to go through King Kong. I am the metal test,” Ortiz said. It gives me great joy that people think a little more about me. I am determined to continue my career.”
The soon to be 41 year old Ortiz is on the back end of his career at this point. But the big fights that he seems to always be in search of, could be coming his way very soon.
Former unified Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz is reportedly ready to take his career more seriously. After causing one of the biggest upsets in boxing history with a win over Anthony Joshua in June of 2019, Ruiz fell off a cliff in the immediate rematch, losing virtually every round.
Now, with Ruiz claiming that he wants to turn things around, the former Heavyweight champ wants to get his hands on a tune up fight before jumping back into the deep end of the water.
Ortiz though, wants to hear nothing of it.
“Why does [Ruiz need] a tune up fight? We as boxers need opponents to help us lift our name. I prefer to always fight against people with marksmanship and not those who are below my level. And now more than ever I am dangerous for anyone who wants to rise in this division. I feel young, my children are the engine of my career.”
With much of the boxing schedule on freeze due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Ruiz might opt to jump into a big showdown with Ortiz to make up for lost time.