By Pablo Fletes, notifight.com
Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz, fifth ranked in the latest rankings of the World Boxing Association (WBA) wants to make history by becoming the first heavyweight champion of his country. Last Saturday in Nicaragua, he crushed local fighter Walter Palacios in two round set up his path to an elimination against Russian fighter Alexander Ustinov. The winner would eventually place himself in line for a shot at champion Alexander Povetkin, who holds the WBA's "regular" title.
"After the fight with Hasim Rahman (mandatory challenger) and regular champion Alexander Povetkin, on July 14, the winner of this eliminator between Ortiz and Ustinov will become the mandatory challenger to the crown," said Ricardo Rizzo, international matchmaker and advisor to promotional company "Dream Team", which is based in Miami, Florida.
"On July 14 we will know the exact date of the fight between Ortiz (16-0, 13KOs) and Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs), a strong fighter who is undefeated and will surely be tough to beat, but Ortiz has to prevail."