The Cuban Luis Ortiz (31-2; 26 KOs) is almost 41 years old, but he is still a rock-hard boxer who is not thinking about retiring yet and is looking forward to returning to the ring. He lost only two of his 33 fights in last 10 years. Both were World title fights against Deontay Wilder. His most recent defeat was in November last year. He was scheduled for July to fight again, but the coronavirus pulled out his calculations. Regardless, he says he continues to train every day and is waiting for the situation to finally settle.
Probably, He already realized that he has little chance of a World title fight again, but as he put it, he is excellent at being the final test before anyone gets that chance. The PBC would be happy to organize an “in-house battle” between Ortiz and short-time world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. Then Ortiz immediately agreed that he would be in, but Ruiz would want a tune-up fight first because he hadn’t fought since December last year and has changed coach since then. Now Ortiz was telling that Ruiz not to wait! What is he waiting for? If he wants to fight for the World title again, fight it first, don’t waste time with a tune up fight.
“It gives me great joy that people think a little more about me. I am determined to continue my career. All of those people who are out there, not only Ruiz, but 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. … 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.” – Ortiz said.
Ortiz, he had a very good boxing in November, although he was defeated from Wilder, did not really look his age, and even physically looked better than before. No one can dispute that he is a tough boxer, and it is no coincidence that many have avoided it over the years. It was always difficult for him to find an opponent. It can cause some more headaches for some rising fighters, and a fight against Ruiz can be really good if they’re both in good shape.