By Elisinio Castillo
German Caicedo, the trainer of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs), is confident his boxer would defeat Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) of the UK.
Back in March at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ortiz came close to pulling off a major upset when he had WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a lot of trouble during the seventh round.
But the champion recovered, and dropped Ortiz two times for a stoppage win in the tenth round.
The World Boxing Council has ordered Whyte and Ortiz to face each other in a WBC final eliminator.
There is nothing concrete about the fight, as Whyte may very well go forward in another direction - like an IBF final eliminator against Kubrat Pulev.
Based on their styles and skills, Caicedo does not expect his boxer to have any problems in beating Whyte.
"That's the fight that's needed, because it's not worth it to face fighters who are not highly ranked, it's no use. Although Luis did not win [against Wilder], he proved that he's part of the elite, so I'm very happy that we will fight soon,'' Caicedo told George Ebro.
"[Whyte] is a classic fighter. He's won several fights in a row and his last victory gave him a lot of confidence, but honestly there is nothing special [about him]. He's big and young, he puts together combinations, but with that classic style he's never going to beat Luis.
"[Right now] I would say that [Luis] is 50% of what he was for the fight against Wilder. He did not want to leave the gym, I had to force him to take a month off, but he could not take it anymore and we are already back in training."
And Ortiz is now doing crossfit as part of his training.
"He had done crossfit in other fights and I saw that it helped him. When he fought with Lateef Kayode and Monte Barrett he did crossfit. He likes those types of exercises where he moves a lot and fast. For the last two fights we did traditional strength training and that did not do him much good," Caicedo said.