Luis Ortiz's Trainer: Dimitrenko Will Present Few Problems

By Elisinio Castillo

German Caicedo, trainer of WBA interim-heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz, is very familiar with their next opponent, Alexander Dimitrenko.

He crossed paths with Dimitrenko in 2009, when the fighter was training in Germany for a fight he subsequently lost against Eddie Chambers. At the time it was a big upset as Dimitrenko was being built up as the next heavyweight star.

"I spent a month in the same gym where he was training and I found him to be an interesting fighter with a good jab, but without a lot of power,'' said Caicedo to George Ebro. "I don't think he's going to give Luis a lot of problems. He will be one more step in the plan to make Luis a world champion.''

A few minor details have to be worked out, but Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO) and Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO) will battle on March 5 in Washington in an HBO televised main event.


After Ortiz destroyed durable contender Bryant Jennings in December, Ortiz's handlers found it very difficult to get him a credible opponent for March.

Ortiz's manager says fighters like Andy Ruiz, Andrey Fedosov, Carlos Takam and former world champion Bermane Stiverne were not interested.

There is also another fight looming for Ortiz in May or June, with Alexander Ustinov - which is part of the WBA's tournament to set one world champion at heavyweight. At the moment Ortiz is the interim champ, Ruslan Chagaev is the "regular" champ and Tyson Fury is the "super" champ.

"Our plan is for Luis to fight at least three times in 2015, '' said Jay Jimenez, manager of Ortiz. "But we have no illusions of getting one of the champions this year. Luis is getting popular now at heavyweight, but that makes them want to avoid him."

Ortiz is ready for everyone. He wants the best at his weight and he's willing to face any of the world champions right now.

"Everyone is afraid of me and that's why no one wants to accept a fight with me, '' Ortiz said." But I still have my goal to become the first professional heavyweight champion who was born in Cuba. I'm going to make history. ''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shaolinmaster on 02-02-2016

Eddie Chambers was/is a highly skilled boxer. I'd like to see him against Ortiz or any of the other "top" heavyweights.

Comment by CaneloMaidana on 02-01-2016

[QUOTE=MagicG;16431729]Thompson is garbage.[/QUOTE] Better than Eddie Chambers scraps

Comment by DannYankee on 02-01-2016

If you can't make Ortiz respect you in the ring then you're going to have a bad time.

Comment by OctoberRed on 02-01-2016

Dimitrenko is going to get hurt bad in this fight

Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-31-2016

[QUOTE=Jim Ross;16431731]Lou, can you tell us more about when you knocked the stool out of that dude, sounds like a funny story[/QUOTE] Wish there was more to it but it was just a charity event at the Orleans ballroom in…

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