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Luis Ortiz: Any Heavyweight That Thinks I'm Old, Get In The Ring

LAS VEGAS – A second knockout loss to Deontay Wilder won’t prevent Luis Ortiz from continuing his boxing career.

The 40-year-old Ortiz is very disappointed that a slight tactical mistake resulted in Wilder knocking him out in the seventh round of their rematch Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ortiz was up on all three scorecards, however, and remains confident that he is capable of defeating any other heavyweight in the sport.

The skilled, strong southpaw just hopes another top heavyweight will fight him now that the hard-hitting Wilder has stopped him twice.

“Retirement’s not in my plans,” Ortiz said during a post-fight press conference at MGM Grand. “I’m going to take out my frustrations on a few other heavyweights that are gonna pop up. So, you’re gonna see just exactly how I feel in the next few years.”

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The Cuban-born contender later added, “If there’s any heavyweight that thinks I’m old, jump [through] the ropes. Get in the ring.”

The dangerous Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs, 2 NC) has lost only to Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs), who made the 10th defense of his WBC title by beating Ortiz in their FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event. Wilder was careful with the experienced, crafty challenger before he unloaded a right hand that knocked Ortiz on his back, underneath a bottom rope.

A stunned Ortiz slowly reached his feet, but referee Kenny Bayless still stopped their scheduled 12-round rematch with nine seconds to go in the seventh round. Wilder was behind 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56 entering the seventh round.

“I really had to be smart with him,” Wilder said. “We knew that coming in. We knew that in training camp. I went back and looked at videos, and seen what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong. I look at videos and I looked and saw what he did right and what he did wrong. And we put a game plan together. And it was an amazing fight. I saw the opportunity, and I took it. And my statement, and I said these guys have to be perfect with me for 12 rounds, I only have to be perfect for two seconds, it’s legit. I proved that tonight as well. We’re still undefeated. We still have our belt. And now we move on to the next phase and chapter in my life. I’m looking to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”

A respectful Wilder still feels that Ortiz can accomplish some of his professional goals as well.

“Ortiz, you definitely have to take your hats off to him,” said Wilder, who stopped Ortiz in the 10th round of their first fight in March 2018. “He’s definitely one of the most dangerous men in the heavyweight division. I always say that’s why none of these other heavyweights do not wanna fight him. And he proved that [Saturday night]. Hopefully, you know, they’ll give him an opportunity now. Maybe they’ll see little kinks in his game and give him an opportunity that he truly deserves.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by techliam on 11-30-2019

[QUOTE=slimPickings;20219697]I guess that says it all about what you know or think you know about boxing. Not wasting my time. Feel free to have the last word.[/QUOTE] Your time seems to be as valuable as your ability to argue your…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-30-2019

[QUOTE=Fire4231;20219437]Lol...what’s funny is you just Described Dillion Whyte. PED infested scrape by win against Rivas... If they duck Ortiz they just will be ranked lower. This is not the sport of what could happen this is the sport of what…

Comment by slimPickings on 11-29-2019

[QUOTE=techliam;20219012]I’m not seeing the high risk.. He has been knocked out twice by the [B]lesser titleholder of the division[/B] Who’s he a risk to exactly? A 2019 Cristian Hammer?[/QUOTE] I guess that says it all about what you know or…

Comment by Fire4231 on 11-29-2019

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;20215847]It doesn't matter the epistle you write, still won't change anything... Ortiz will be used as measuring stick for the young and up coming fighters. He has no value for any top HW. Hez been used and dumped. he can…

Comment by techliam on 11-29-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;20216024]You've been a pretender....You know he is a Top 5 HW today.[/QUOTE] No I don’t If a UD over 2019 Cristian Hammer counts as top 5, this must be the worst division in the history of the sport

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