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What next for Luis Ortiz?

Luis "King Kong" Ortiz
Luis "King Kong" Ortiz
Posted: 03-03-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Luis Ortiz vs Christian Hammer
 10 Round Heavyweight Contest
 Saturday 2nd March 2019
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
 Premier Boxing Champions

Fighting on the undercard of Lara vs Castano, the big Cuban scored a workmanlike 10 round decision win over Romanian born Christian Hammer. Not the result we were expecting but a win that keeps Ortiz in the public eye and at the same time keeps the 39-year-old active.

Most fans would probably have bet on Ortiz winning by stoppage due to the superior firepower he has shown in his career thus far.

A close look at Hammer's record reveals that he was knocked out in his 9th bout (8-1-0) by the then (21-0-0) Mariusz Wach in what appears to be terrible matchmaking on the part of Hammers management. He also retired after 9 rounds against Linear Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in 2015. But he went 12 rounds with the always dangerous Alexander Povetkin and was the first to defeat Erkan Teper.

At this point in Ortiz career, it is hard to see him getting a second shot at a heavyweight title. Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have both mentioned fighting him but that's all, no contracts sent or dates mentioned. A win over Whyte would make Ortiz mandatory contender to WBC Champ Deontay Wilder. That is a rematch that would be popular with fans all over the globe due to the explosive nature of their first encounter.

WBC Champ Deontay Wilder defends against Ortiz
WBC Champ Deontay Wilder defended his title against Ortiz

Now that Wilder is likely meeting Dominic Breazeale in May, Whyte is left without a meaningful fight. It will be interesting to see if he dodges Ortiz who I am positive will take the fight in May or June if offered.

The old adage "Too good for your own good" comes to mind when discussing Luis Ortiz. His mix of excellent southpaw skills and heavy-handedness marks him out as best avoided by all apart from Wilder who took the fight against Ortiz without hesitation.

Ortiz vs Hammer
Ortiz batters Christian Hammer on the ropes.

There is no sign of age catching up with "King Kong" Ortiz. In fact, he had a good work rate against Hammer and looked the younger fresher fighter at the final bell.

So, who has what it takes to fight Ortiz next?