Posts Tagged ‘Luis Ortiz’


The smoke has cleared and the winner of Wilder vs. Ortiz is onto bigger things. Check out this live stream of the post-fight press conference at the Barclays Center.



The time for talk is nearly over. Watch the official weigh-in for Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz’s WBC title match taking place March 3 at the Barclays Center. The live stream opens on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET.



BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream for Thursday’s (March 1) closing press conference between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Wilder, who will be defending his WBC heavyweight title, has been very vocal about his vow to KO Ortiz and then target UK rival Anthony Joshua. Expect the Bronze Bomber to continue to be in rare form during this presser.

The live stream begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.



Luis Ortiz has cleared the way for another Deontay Wilder title match attempt with a second-round KO over Daniel Martz.

Although Ortiz came into the ring equaling a career-high weight of 242, he had no issues dominating the inside action against the towering 6’7, 260-pound Martz. The journeyman first went down from a left uppercut to the body, and for good in the same round off a counter straight left.

Ortiz immediately had words for Wilder, who was on ringside commentary. The WBC title-holder entered the ring and vowed to give Ortiz another title opportunity Their first attempt in November was canceled after Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. He was fined $25,000 and banned for one year by the WBA.


As speculated, the public barbs between Wilder and Joshua are for show. Neither fighter is in a hurry to make the fight when they can face lesser opponents and build to a bigger showdown in late 2018-early 2019. And while Joshua’s path until that fight is easier on paper (Parker, Fury), Wilder taking a loss against Ortiz is a legit possibility.

Despite this, Wilder is doing the right thing. He desperately needs high-level opposition to prepare him for Joshua. A fight against Ortiz does that way more than beating up on someone like Dominic Breazeale (who Joshua has already KO’d). And with Ortiz being 38 years old and having less than two rounds of action in the last year, the time for Wilder to strike is now.




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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The King Kong hype continues. Luis Ortiz scored three knockdowns and easily disposed of former world title challenger Tony Thompson in six rounds. The question all of us want answered is who can stop this Cuban monster?

HOMECOMING FUNERAL: Thompson is a D.C. native, but this homecoming was more like a sacrifice. Thompson went down from the first right hand Ortiz threw. The feat was repeated in the third with the southpaw left, and another one finished the job in the sixth. Thompson offered up meager resistance after seeing his shots had little effect.

Ortiz is the #1 contender for the WBA title. The champion, Tyson Fury, is rumored to be awaiting a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. That means Ortiz may have to settle for Lucas Browne, who knocked out Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday to win the “WBA World” title. Either way, HBO appears to be firmly backing King Kong.



JESSIE VARGAS TKO9 SADAM ALI: Wow! Jessie Vargas took all his frustration from the Bradley defeat (and not getting a rematch) out on Sadam Ali, who he systematically broke down with two big knockdowns and a ninth round TKO. The early rounds were very competitive as both guy got good work done — Vargas by finding a home for his counter right, and Ali using his speed to fire off 3-4 punch combos.

The problem for Ali was not being able to evade the right hand. A massive overhand right dropped him in the eighth. The fight would have ended there if not for the ref breaking the count to chastise Vargas for not moving to a neutral corner. It became a mute point since Vargas accomplished what he failed to do against Bradley — close the show in brutal fashion. Vargas landed head-snapping power shots throughout the ninth and forced the ref to call it.

Vargas’ first KO since 2011 couldn’t have come at a better time. He becomes a viable opponent for the Pacquiao-Bradley III winner, and delivered a career-best performance before an HBO audience.

On social media, there were some rumblings of a premature stoppage. You tell me.




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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interim WBA heavyweight titlist Luis Ortiz tipped the scales at 242.6 at today’s weigh-in for Saturday’s bout against Tony Thompson. Ortiz’s weight represents the highest weight of his professional career, slightly above his previous high of 242.5 in his ninth fight against Corey Winfield in 2011. Thompson weighed in at 263.8, which is less than a pound above his weight against Malik Scott in October.



ALI: 147

VARGAS: 146.25

Both Sadam Ali and Jesse Vargas were on target for their WBO welterweight title match. The matchup is for the vacant title. The undefeated Ali is fighting for the only the second time in two years after waiting for his title shot. Vargas is seeking to rebound from his first defeat in his last bout to Timoth Bradley.

HBO’s World Championship Boxing airs Saturday night March 5 at 10 p.m. ET





Luis Ortiz, the heavyweight division’s dark horse, put the finishing touches on his training camp this week as he prepares to face former title challenger Tony Thompson on March 5. Ortiz is fighting for the third time in six months and looking to build on his breakout KO win over Bryant Jennings in January.

Ortiz-Thompson airs at 10 p.m. on HBO.