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Luis Ortiz Eyes July Return, Having Trouble Finding Opponent

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz still has nothing on the horizon. He knows he's coming back in July, but he doesn't know his opponent's name.

Because of that, his coach Germán Caicedo keeps him ready, waiting for someone willing to take a look at King Kong.

Caicedo has seen how Ortiz evolved over time to become a big risk - despite his two knockout losses to Deontay Wilder. At the moment, nobody is running to face the dangerous Cuban.

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For a time there was talk of a clash against Andy Ruiz, but Ruiz wants to have a tune-up fight before facing someone like Ortiz - who says he doesn't need any tuneup to fight Ruiz.

"It's two fighting styles, they both come to fight. Mexico v Cuba, two countries with a history in sport. Ruiz beat [Anthony] Joshua. We were sure that if we fought Joshua we were going to do the same, too. People want to see how they'd both do in the same ring. They're two good heavyweights," Caicedo told George Ebro.

"Everyone sees Ortiz as a problem. He's tall, left-handed, and has good boxing. I knew this was going to be a problem with the best when Luis reached a higher level. That was explained to me by the great Angelo Dundee, who was my teacher. He said: if there is a left-hander and a right-hander, even if the right-hander is stronger and better, he will try to avoid the left-hander. And Luis is very uncomfortable to face because he can punch, he knows how to fight, and he has technique.

"Any other promoter in the world would give up, as Oscar de la Hoya did, who gave up [on Ortiz]. But Al Haymon doesn't throw in the towel and I don't think he'll stop believing in Luis. I'm sure he'll put good fights in front of Luis.

"We have two fights. We have a date for July and then between November and December. And we'll keep it that way until he decides to retire. He feels strong, refreshed. In the fight against Wilder he understood what a camp with all the irons means... with a good diet, with vitamins. He's been left with good routines even if we're not in camp. That will allow you to decrease aging. Luis is more dangerous now than before.''

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by andocom on 03-11-2020

The "boogeyman of the division" was fun while it lasted, right up until you inexplicably turn down $7M to fight Joshua, claim it was a low ball offer, get called out to be exposed by Hearn, then change your tune,…

Comment by garfios on 03-11-2020

He has never struggled with any fighter. Not even wilder.

Comment by markther on 03-11-2020

There is always a trilogy with Wilder. I noticed Wilder has a fight pattern. Fight Ortiz, lose to Fury, fight Ortiz, lose to Fury, fight Ortiz?, lose to Fury!, LMAO!!!

Comment by theface07 on 03-11-2020

[QUOTE=FannonOG;20456554]No one wants smoke with the boogeyman.[/QUOTE] Yeah just like Wilder right? Don't make me laugh.

Comment by theface07 on 03-11-2020

[QUOTE=Boxing Scene;20456173]whyte was not cleared. Don't lie.[/QUOTE] He obviously was. Are you ******ed? It was determined that there was a trace amount of a banned substance in one test and no trace of the substance in his previous and subsequent…

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