By Miguel Rivera
On November 4, Cuba's Luis 'King Kong' Ortiz will finally have the opportunity that he's been waiting for.
The dangerous puncher will return to the ring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, when he faces World Boxing Council champion Deontay 'Bronze Bomber' Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs). Showtime will televise the fight.
And Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) is not looking to take his chances with a decision. He intends to end the contest by knockout.
At 38 years old, Ortiz acknowledges that the opportunity for a big fight finally came a little late than it should have, but it came, and it's time to train to do what is needed to end the reign of the WBC champion via knockout to avoid any controversy.
Ortiz has vowed to blast out Wilder and then challenge IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
"This fight is very important for my career. I was the mandatory for the World Boxing Association title, but the possibility of fighting for the WBC championship was open and we are going to look for it. I have the opportunity to get it done this November 4 and now is the moment when you have to prove yourself, the best must beat the best," said Ortiz to ESPN Deportes.
"I think Wilder has never faced an opponent like myself. He has a different style but we are going to prepare for that. The plan is to beat Wilder by knockout. I am going to knock out Wilder so there is no doubt, and then we will go through Joshua."
Ortiz was already the World Boxing Association interim-champion - but he had several problems. He lost that belt after failing an anti-doping test, and then in 2015 he had a lot of problems to find the best bouts. He also had several promotional issues. Last year he parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions and then hooked up with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, but then broke away from Hearn and signed on with powerful adviser Al Haymon.