Luis Ortiz vs. Travis Kauffman Nearly Finalized For Wilder-Fury

By Ryan Burton

Jay Jimenez, manager of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (29-1), has advised that an agreement to face Travis Kauffman (32-2) is nearly finalized. The fight will take place on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury pay-per-view undercard on December 1st in Los Angeles, California.

“Luis hs already agreed to terms,” Jimenez told “We are just waiting for a call back but it’s 99% done.”

The fight will be Ortiz’s third of 2018 and Kauffman’s second of the year.

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Ortiz nearly pulled off a major upset when he had Wilder out on his feet and in serious trouble during their March fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But the champion recovered and stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. 

The Cuban puncher bounced back from his first career defeat with a 2nd round knockout of Rozvan Cojanu in July.

Kauffman hasn’t been nearly as active. After fighting just once in 2017, he traded first round knockdowns with Scott Alexander in June in a majority decision victory. 

He's only been stopped once, when he got caught cold by Tony Grano back in 2009.

If he is victorious, Ortiz hopes to secure a rematch against Wilder or fights against Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte.

The rest of the Wilder-Fury pay-per-view undercard is expected to be announced in the near future.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Adamsc151 on 10-25-2018

This is more to justify Kaufman's ranking than Ortiz's, not sure what the younger man has done yet to justify his position. I'd much rather see Ortiz fight Whyte on UK PPV in December though, hopefully that fight's not dead…

Comment by Chrismart on 10-25-2018

Looks like there's going to be some decent names on the undercard, but they will be part of one sided fights. Obviously though, will have to see who Hurd and Joyce face first.

Comment by joe strong on 10-25-2018

Kauffman is an ok opponent but I would have prefered someone a little higher ranked. Not many available heavyweights at the moment who want to risk a fight with Ortiz.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-25-2018

This is just a fight to line his pockets somewhat. It has no meaning. I can't see Wilder fighting him again anytime soon and Whyte wants no parts of him. He's better off trying to pursue an AJ bout.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 10-25-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;19220544]So who is Ortiz supposed to fight? Most of the top HWs have fights set up. No Wilder, No Furys, no Pulev, Povetkin just got KOd, Kownacki and Martin just fought. Parker is gonna fight some stiff and Whyte went…

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