By Elisinio Castillo
The return of Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KO) is going to land in Monaco, as part of a big show on November 12th.
As part of the card, Jason Sosa will defend his WBA super featherweight title against Stephen Smith, and a WBO super middleweight eliminator where Arthur Abraham battles Martin Murray in a rematch.
Ortiz recently parted ways with promoter Golden Boy Promotions. Next month he faces the durable and dangerous Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KO) in what might be the first of two fights before the end of 2016.
"We know that there are many expectations for the future of Luis' career, but we never doubted that there would be better things coming for him," said Ortiz's manager Jay Jimenez to George Ebro.
"We secured this fight in November and we're not losing faith on seeing him in the ring again in December. ''
The interim-heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Ortiz was in the midst of negotiations to be measured Alexander Ustinov, but everything came crashing down when the Russian's team refused to use an outside agency for the doping tests.
If the Ustinov fight would have happened, then the winner would have advanced to face the winner of the rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury - which is also canceled at this point.
According to Jimenez, there is a solid plan to bring Ortiz to a world title fight.
"With the possible departure of Tyson Fury, a lot of things can change and we are making sure that Luis is in the best possible position,'' said Jimenez. "We are still betting big on Luis and we believe he has everything to get the job done in his division."
Takam has been out of the ring since losing a close and very competitive decision to Joseph Parker back in May.
"This is a tremendous opponent for Luis, but also an opportunity to reaffirm his talent, '' said Jimenez. "He has never been afraid to face anyone or anything, and his career will not stop. Quite the contrary. ''