Luis Ortiz (32-2) is hoping to get a big fight in the near future.
The former world title challenger was last in the ring in November when he blew out an overmatched Alexander Flores in 1 round in a Premier Boxing Champions on Fox telecast.
Ortiz has been calling out all of the big names in the heavyweight division but has had difficulty getting any of the top fighters to face him. Even at 42-years-old, the Cuban has proven to be a difficult opponent.
“I have been trying to get in the ring with Dillian Whyte but he refused to fight me so I went to the (Andy) Ruiz versus (Chris) Arreola fight and again I got a no, because Ruiz said he would need another tune-up,” Ortiz told BoxingScene.com.
An arbitrator recently ruled that WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury must honor a rematch clause and fight Deontay Wilder next which has indefinitely postponed the Fury versus Anthony Joshua unification bout which was slated for August.
With Fury tied up at least until the fall, Joshua is looking to fight his WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk next. Ortiz doesn’t believe the former unified cruiserweight champion has the size to be competitive with Joshua.
“So now that Joshua versus Fury can’t be done, I feel that me and Joshua would be an explosive fight so Eddie (Hearn), Joshua, Jay (Jimenez), Luis DeCubas Jr, (Al) Haymon - I’m here and I’m ready. Let’s try and make this happen. Why wait? You already have the date. Don’t fight Usyk, he’s too small for you. He is a cruiserweight. Give me a shot. You don’t even have to put your belts on the line,” Ortiz stated.
An offer was made for Ortiz to face Joshua in 2019. He instead opted for a rematch with Wilder while Joshua faced Ruiz and suffered his only career defeat. Both of Ortiz’s career losses have came against Wilder.
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