Bernstein: Who Knows Ortiz's Real Age, But He's Wilder's Best Foe

Very shortly, a deal will probably get announced for a showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) and undefeated Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs).

The date of March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York has been locked in for the contest.

Based on their mutual manager Al Haymon, and fighting under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, Showtime will be sure to televise the contest.

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Ortiz was scheduled to face Wilder last month at Barclays, but the fight was called off when the Cuban boxer failed a pre-fight drug test.

Very recently, the World Boxing Council closed out their investigation and cleared Ortiz of any wrongdoing - stating that the boxer's medication for high blodd pressure was the cause of the failed test.

Showtime Sports expert analyst, Al Bernstein, admits that he raised his eyebrows at the WBC's ruling - but at the same time he's eager to see those two heavyweights collide in the ring.

"The oddity of this is that the Ortiz fight was scheduled last year and we were all excited about it, and then he tests positive, then very soon afterwards he’s allowed to fight again. The suspension is practically nonexistent. Ortiz fights, and now we are all talking about the fight again. Many people will look at that in a very suspicious way, obviously," Bernstein told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"On the other hand, you want Ortiz to be able to fight Wilder because Deontay Wilder needs opponents. Anthony Joshua is not there for him yet. Joseph Parker looks like he's going to fight Anthony Joshua in a title unification match. It would make perfect sense for Wilder to fight Ortiz and then for the winners of those two fights to fight later in the year."

Most experts have rated Ortiz as the likely best opponent of Wilder's career, which makes the fight very interesting.

"That’s probably true. Ortiz is himself sometimes an underachiever but you would have to think that he would be considered the best. We don’t even know what Ortiz’ real age is, he could be an AARP member for all we know, but there’s no question that he gives up speed and size. Does he give up power? We don’t know, Ortiz can punch and Wilder has been rocked a couple of times, like any heavyweight can. But he probably would be the best one that Wilder has fought," Bernstein said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Robbie Barrett on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18409750]Lol Well, that’s a wee bit of an exaggeration there. I’ve known people that look as much as ten years younger than they really are. The reverse is also true. Some people look older than they really are. We’ve all…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18409735]When i'm 70 i'm going to claim i'm 20. Looking old isn't evidence........[/QUOTE] Lol Well, that’s a wee bit of an exaggeration there. I’ve known people that look as much as ten years younger than they really are. The…

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18409730]What I was referring to was the here and now. Obviously age is an advantage among young boxers, but once they’ve all matured well into manhood, there’s little if any benefit to gain from claiming they’re younger. Myself and other…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=New England;18409419]how is that any different in boxing? age gives you even more of an advantage in a sport where kids are fighting. you're more of a man. it only becomes a detriment when you get over the hill. i…

Comment by New England on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18366688]In my post I acknowledged it’s possible to cheat. I think it’s fine suspecting Ortiz is older, but some guys are convinced, as if they have proof. Baseball players have great motivation to lie about their age. A young athlete…

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