Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs) of Cuba, has done well for himself as a professional and has fought for nine years already. Also, Ortiz was an outstanding amateur with a record of 349-19. The hard punching southpaw was steamrolling opponents and has beaten good fighters such as Malik Scott, Bryant Jennings, and Tony Thompson. Last year in March, Ortiz finally got his break and earned a shot at WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. Ortiz and Wilder slugged it out at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ortiz came up short in the fight and lost by a 10th round TKO. While Wilder won the fight, Ortiz came out a winner as well, due to his performance in the fight. Ortiz was able to come back from a knockdown in round three and almost knocked out Wilder in round seven. He gave Wilder a run for his money. Ortiz showed heart, toughness, and the will to win. Now both fighters will battle again this weekend in Las Vegas on Fox PPV. Most boxing critics feel Wilder will win again by stoppage. Ortiz, on the other hand, will try to prove everyone wrong. There are many questions going into the fight for Ortiz and those questions will be answered on Saturday night.
How much does Ortiz have left?
Since the Wilder lost, Ortiz has shown that he still has a lot in the tank. Ortiz has won his last three fights against decent competition. Two of those wins ended by stoppage. Ortiz is still a dangerous opponent for Wilder. The truth is, Ortiz has been the closest to knocking out Wilder. However, the 40 year old knows his time is running out and this could be his last shot.
What can Ortiz do differently in the rematch to pull the upset?
Ortiz will simply have to fight the perfect fight. Wilder is on a roll right now and he knows he can knock out Ortiz again. Ortiz has a great jab and he should use it often when fighting Wilder. It would be best for Ortiz to move to his right to keep away from Wilder’s powerful right hand. Also I think body punching is key. If Ortiz goes to the body more often and takes Wilder into the late rounds, Wilder might tire out. Ortiz will need to be in the best shape of his career for the rematch. In the 1st fight, Ortiz was tired after the eighth round and Wilder seized the moment. Ortiz cannot afford to make that mistake again. Ortiz looks in better shape for the fight but we will have to see how that transfers into the ring.
What would this mean in the heavyweight division and boxing history if Ortiz wins?
If Ortiz wins, it would make a big splash in the heavyweight division. It would also be another upset in the division next to Andy Ruiz’s victory over Anthony Joshua back in June. Ortiz would make things more interesting and he would add more excitement to the division. For boxing history, Ortiz can become the first Cuban heavyweight champion in boxing. Other Cuban fighters like Juan Carlos Gomez, Odlanier Solis, and Jorge Luis Gonzalez were unsuccessful in winning a heavyweight world title. He can also become the 2nd heavyweight to win a world title in his 40’s. The only other fighter to accomplish this was George Foreman who did it at the age of 45, when he defeated Michael Moorer in 1994.
Ortiz will bring the fight to Wilder again and we should expect another great fight. Ortiz knows that there is a lot on the line for him. The big question will remain. Can Ortiz pull the upset and accomplish boxing history? Tune in to Fox PPV on Saturday night to find out.