Luis Ortiz Expects To Face Klitschko: He Will Beat Anthony Joshua

by Elisinio Castillo

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) believes that his next opponent will potentially become former division ruler Wladimir Klitschko.

Ortiz was scheduled to return this coming Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, against Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) in a ten round contest as part of the Premier Boxing Champions event, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout.

The Cuban puncher recently signed on with powerful boxing adviser Al Haymon and his PBC series.


Last week, the fight was canceled after Ortiz suffered a fracture to his finger and his doctor advised him to stay away from training for at least four weeks.

The Cuban puncher, who is the mandatory challenger under the WBA, will wait for the outcome of next Saturday's showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.  The two of them will battle for the vacant WBA title - and the first defense will have to be made against Ortiz.

Ortiz expects Klitschko to bounce back, with his well known jab, against the younger Joshua.

"I'm going to watch the fight calmly. The experience is on Klitschko's side and the area of youth favors Joshua. I think the Ukrainian will be the winner. He's going to use the powerful jab to keep Joshua at bay," Ortiz told George Ebro.

Ortiz vs. Klitschko have a common opponent. In 2015, Klitschko won a lackluster decision over Bryant Jennings - and Ortiz easily knocked Jennings out in the same year.

"[Klitschko] is going to have to prepare a lot [to fight me]. I've got a hunger for glory that seems like I haven't been eating for 100 years," Ortiz said.

"I want to fight for that belt already, as soon as possible. I have no choice but to keep getting ready and stay prepared for when that time comes. It's going to happen - I have no doubt."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 04-22-2017

[QUOTE=denium;17608365]Funny how most of the HW's are picking Klitschko to win. Don't worry though lads, i'm sure all the armchair warriors on here know more than the likes of Ortiz.[/QUOTE] Good call on these ARMCHAIR warriors going against the all…

Comment by BoxAztinca on 04-21-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;17609399]Get a clue. Most of the Taxi drivers aj is fighting make it to the 3rd round. And they aren't even trying to fight back. Even human punching bag brezeale made it to round 7.[/QUOTE] Klitschko has really bad punch…

Comment by Jkp on 04-21-2017

[QUOTE=BoxAztinca;17607359]It will be a miracle if klitschko can make it out of the 3rd round. Joshua is all wrong for him. So of course Ortiz hopes Klitschko wins... I want to see klitschko blitz Joshua early. Then maybe, just maybe,…

Comment by Tobi.G on 04-21-2017

I pick Joshua to win but i can understand anyone who is picking Wlad. Maybe Joshua is to green or to basic/textbook to beat Wlad. Fury had special qualities for a heavyweight that not even Joshua has. Joshua is a…

Comment by MDPopescu on 04-21-2017

[QUOTE=denium;17608431]Joshua is getting jabbed to bits, trust![/QUOTE] ... OK, Joshua is still green... and he never went more than 7 rounds... Let's see...

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