Luis Ortiz’s injury force changes in the heavyweight competition picture
On New Year’s Day, Luis Ortiz made a great comeback by knocking out Charles Martin in the sixth round. It was a must-win for Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs), who returned himself to the heavyweight title.
Following his win, Ortiz was given a deadline by the IBF to face Filip Hrgovic in an IBF title elimination match. The winner of the fight will most likely face the champion Oleksandr Usyk. When given the opportunity, however, it appears he has refused a path to glory, as it is revealed that he has injured his left hand during a battle with Martin.
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“Basically, Luis had a minor fracture that he was able to heal with no problem, but with something like that he doesn’t want to take any risks,” Jay Jimenez said. , Ortiz’s manager, told George Ebro (via Boxing Scene).
“He is being assessed, but he cannot fight until April at the earliest, as he will not be in (best physical condition). We are not against Hrgovic or against anyone, but let it happen under the best conditions for Luis. ”
Ortiz made his professional debut in 2010. He is a former interim WBA heavyweight champion and nearly knocked out Deontay Wilder in 2018 and 2019 to claim the WBC heavyweight title. However, Wilder charged back and knocked him down both times. During the fight with Martin, Ortiz was defeated on the scorecard and looked as if he had been defeated. He ended up ferocious punches in the sixth inning that brought Martin to a halt. Ortiz has now won two games in a row.
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A bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, Hrgovic is an IBF international heavyweight champion. His last match was in December, when he defeated Emir Ahmatovic via TKO. Promotor Kalle Sauerland quickly switched from Ortiz-Hrgovic, saying that Hrgovic’s fight against Joseph Parker made the most sense.
Parker, a former WBO heavyweight champion, has won six straight fights. His last game was a unanimous decision victory over Derek Chisora in December.
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As for who Ortiz will face next, Andy Ruiz Jr. is in his mind. Ruiz, a former WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, last fought in May, defeating Chris Arreola. Currently working with Eddy Reynoso, Ruiz has been associated with Ortiz for a while.
“I want Andy Ruiz to accept my challenge, but if not, I’m open to whoever comes, because nobody wants to fight a man they call ‘old’,” Ortiz said. , via Boxing Scene.