Cuban professional boxer Luis Ortiz registered a sensational win over Christian Hammer on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York - the same venue where he succumbed to the first defeat of his pro career against Deontay Wilder in March 2018.
Going the distance this weekend, the three judges scored the bout 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 and the heavyweight contender secured a unanimous decision victory, although his Romanian counterpart didn't hit the floor, despite the brilliant punching power of Ortiz.
This was the third straight win since the loss against Wilder, and Ortiz has been an active candidate in the quest to earn another title opportunity.
Moments after the conclusion of the bout, Luis 'King Kong' Ortiz made his intentions clear of the future aspirations while speaking through an interpreter in the post-match interview.
The 39-year-old said: "The fight wasn't what I was expecting. It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. It was a hard fight.
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"After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit. Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at [almost] 40."
He specifically mentioned two giants of the division, calling them out, aiming for the titles in the heavyweight category.
"Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I'm ready," declared Ortiz.
"I fought a fight that I hadn't for years, which is box and work, so I'm not disappointed I didn't knock him out. I showed some of my boxing skills tonight."
Ortiz thoroughly dominated the fight against Hammer, controlling the proceedings inside the ring with his power, jab and movement while Hammer failed to follow up after landing some strong right hands in the entirety of the bout.
"Ortiz is a very good and experienced fighter," admitted Hammer.
"He's technical and smart, but he's not as intimidating as people say he is. I respect Ortiz, but I don't think he's the best fighter I've ever faced. I'm very confident going forward. I know that I can go the distance with anyone and I'm willing to fight anyone. People thought I'd get knocked out, but I proved them wrong."
It remains to be seen if Ortiz's wait comes to an end soon, as Wilder is still eyeing his next opposition while Joshua takes on Jarrell Miller this summer.News Now - Sport News