Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Luis Ortiz, Tony Thompson, Ali, Vargas Ready For Battle

By Jake Donovan, photos by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos

Luis Ortiz is set for his fourth fight in a span of just nine months as he takes on veteran heavyweight Tony Thompson. Their non-title fight takes place Saturday evening at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C., airing live on HBO.  

ortiz-thompson (5)

As pointless as it is for a weigh-in to take place in a division with an unlimited weight limit, Friday's scene was a bit telling for both boxers. Ortiz tipped the scales at a career-heaviest 242.6 lbs., while Thompson - decked out in a T-shirt, sweatpants, ball cap and sneakers - checked in at 263.8 lbs. 

ortiz-thompson (7)

Ortiz (24-0, 21KOs) is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight titltist, but the sanctioning body refused to recognize Thompson as an acceptable challenger, coming in off of a loss and having dropped three of his last five starts.

ortiz-thompson (1)

As such, the fight moves forward as a non-title affair, providing Ortiz the opportunity to remain active. 

Getting the unbeaten Cuban southpaw to that point proved challenging, as a number of heavyweights turned down the opportunity for a variety of reasons. 

ortiz-thompson (2)

His team - including Golden Boy Promotions and manager Jay Jimenez - and HBO ultimately settled on Thompson, a middle-aged southpaw who was willing to take the fight given it was a rare shot at a home game. 

castellanos-escandon (4)

Their careers are at polar opposite points: Ortiz is coming off of a sensational 7th round knockout of perennial Top 10 contender Bryant Jennings in his HBO debut last December, while Thompson was lethargic in a points loss to Malik Scott last October in Orlando, Florida. 

castellanos-escandon (2)

The co-feature attraction has been met with far greater embrace, as Sadam Ali and Jessie Vargas collide with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at stake. 

ali-vargas (3)

In stark contrast to their heavyweight counterparts, the pair of welterweights hit the scales in supremely sculpted condition. Ali (22-0, 13KOs) weighed in right at the 147 lb. divisional limit, while Vargas (26-1, 9KOs) clocked in at 146.2 lbs. 

ali-vargas (4)

Also on the card, Robinson Castellanos and Oscar Escandon will collide in a WBC featherweight final eliminator for a shot at champion Gary Russell Jr. Castellanos weighed in at 124.6-pounds, while Escandon was 126. 

ali-vargas (5)

ali-vargas (1)Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 03-05-2016

I think Ortiz is exactly 7 pounds to heavy. But no big deal.

Comment by NapalmKnuckles on 03-04-2016

Please Ali, knock that b*tch Vargas out and I'll forever be a fan.

Comment by Real King Kong on 03-04-2016

[QUOTE=Mayweatherducks;16514241]Ortiz is gonna knock Thompson flat out. Let's go Ali I believe in you. Rep NYC right tomorrow.[/QUOTE] What's cuckold p0rn and why do you like it so much?

Comment by Mayweatherducks on 03-04-2016

Ortiz is gonna knock Thompson flat out. Let's go Ali I believe in you. Rep NYC right tomorrow.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-04-2016

Ortiz looks fat and came in at his heaviest weight ever. Just not have been training properly.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Canelo: Beating Jacobs I'll Be One Step Away From Undisputed Brian Ceballo Staying Level-Headed, Taking Things Step By Step Ellerbe: Pacquiao Has Many Options at 147 - But Not Mayweather David Lemieux vs. John Ryder Possible For Canelo-Jacobs Card Crawford-Khan: Madison Square Garden Chosen as Site Francisco Vargas Vows Revenge: I'm Not Impressed By Berchelt Josesito Lopez Values Improvements To His Game Under Garcia Arum: Joshua Damaged His Credibility, Fury Viewed as #1 in U.S. Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Added Undercard Fights Badou Jack: I'm a Fighter, So I Ain't Gonna Quit Pacquiao vs. Broner Replay: January 26th on Showtime Harrison-Charlo Rematch Ordered, New Final Eliminator Too Demetrius Andrade vs. Billy Joe Saunders Ordered By WBO Pacquiao: If Mayweather Can't Fight at My Level - Stay Retired News: Luis Lebron, Benson, Hamza, O'Donnell, Srour, Barlow Hearn Cautions 'Now or Never' For Whyte To Accept Joshua Offer Scardina-Kekalainen Tops Matchroom Italy Card on March 8 DiBella: After Commey Beats Chaniev, We Want Lomachenko Fury: Wilder's The One Who Has To Redeem Himself, Not Me! Khan: The Offers for Crawford and Brook Were Literally The Same Frank Warren To Wait Out Warrington vs. Galahad Purse Bid Charr Wins Appeal, Reinstated As WBA Titlist; Box-Off To Follow Miles Shinkwin Back In March, Defends English Title Frank Warren: Joshua Made Massive Mistake in Snubbing Wilder Canelo-Jacobs: NSAC To Review Venue Request at 1/29 Hearing Eubank Jr. Very Pleased With Camp Ahead of Degale Clash Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168, They've Got To Come See Me Hearn: Wilder, His Handlers Don't Have Decency To Answer Back Chris Algieri Confident He Can Raise His Level Against Hooker Kovalev Asks Fans 'Not To Make Hasty Conclusions On Situation' Cano in Line For a Big Fight, Linares Heading Back To 135 Curtis Stevens Heading To 154: Eyes Hurd, Lara, Harrison, Munguia Pulev vs. Helenius Clash Still Be Worked Out For Crawford-Khan Broner: I'll Be Back; All You Motherf***ers Will Still Tune In! Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner: CompuBox By The Numbers Gvozdyk To Take Voluntary Before Mandatory Versus Browne Pacquiao To Have Scratched Cornea Re-Examined Monday In L.A. Andrade: I Want Golovkin Next, To Prove I'm #1 at Middleweight Hearn: Don't Be Surprised if Joshua is on DAZN in the US in June Broner: Ain’t Got Mark On Me; They Thought They’d F*** Me Up
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement