By Ryan Burton
On Saturday night 2016 Olympic Silver medalist Joe Joyce improved to 7-0 in the pro ranks with a first round knockout of Joe Hanks (23-3). The fight opened up the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury Showtime pay-per-view broadcast.
Also on the pay-per-view was Luis Ortiz's 10th round knockout of Travis Kauffman (32-3). Ortiz took control of the fight early and dropped Kauffman three times in a dominant victory.
At the post fight press conference, Joyce called out Ortiz and said that he would like to face him next. He had also previously called out the hard hitting Cuban over the summer.
Prior to facing Wilder in March, Ortiz had been one of the most avoided heavyweights. Ortiz nearly had Wilder out on his feet before getting stopped in the 10th round of the fight. He has since rebounded with two wins in a row.
BoxingScene.com reached out to the Miami based fighter to get his reaction to Joyce's call out.
"I will enjoy fighting Joyce and will enjoy giving him his first career loss but I want him to remember it was him who called me out. I wasn’t looking for him but again if he let his hype men or manager get in his head and thinks he’s that good and he wants it why wait?" said Ortiz to BoxingScene.com.
"I don’t turn down fights. It’s a first for me to get called out for a fight. He doesn’t understand that I really enjoy what I do and this is all I know how to do. This is how I put food on the table for my family so say no more, challenge accepted. Let’s do this."
Ortiz's ultimate goal is to secure another title shot and he wants a chance for redemption against Wilder.
He said that he has absolutely no problem facing Joyce next and hopefully another win will put him a step closer to another big fight.
"Look, I just want to keep making a name for myself and maybe get a shot at Wilder again or even Fury or Joshua. If I can’t then I’d love to fight (Dillian) Whyte or even (Alexander) Povetkin would be a good fight for me and I think my true fans would enjoy any of those fights," Ortiz told BoxingScene.
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