By Mark Elezaj
Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) looked impressive last Saturday night, beating a game and tough Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision, making a case for him to face world champions Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder next.
Ortiz has won his last three bouts since losing to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder back on March 3, 2018.
SO WHO IS NEXT ?
2 of the 3 top heavyweights are getting ready to step back into the ring soon. Anthony Joshua will be fighting Jarrell Miller in June, while Deontay Wilder will most likely be facing Dominic Breazeale, his mandatory challenger, in May. The lineal champion Tyson Fury, who just signed a new deal with TopRank and ESPN is looking to have a fight before stepping back in the ring for his rematch with Wilder. This may be all Ortiz needs to set up his next big fight.
In a recent interview with Boxingscene.com, Ortiz expressed his feelings on what he wants to happen next.
“I know my fans love to see me smash my opponents but this isn’t a video game, this isn’t Xbox. It’s real. You have to lace your gloves, strap your boots and exchange hard blows. You don’t play boxing,”
“After going 10 full rounds with Hammer, I feel ready and able now more than ever for a Wilder rematch. If not Wilder, then bring me Joshua – because, I mean after all he did again say publicly he wanted to fight me. If he says no again to my call out then bring me Tyson Fury. Let’s get some real fights for 2019. Let’s give the fans what they want.”
Oh the possibilities!
~The Fighting Voice ~