Nov. 14, 2016
By Ted Sares
‘…These guys have got to come and win and we will find someone on December 10 who will come to win, and then you will see the best of Luis Ortiz.”—Eddie Hearn
On Saturday at the Salle des Etoiles in beautiful Monte Carlo, Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (26-0) fought like someone who was 37-years-old 5 years ago as he beat rabbit-like Malik Scott (38-3-1) by scores of 120-105, 120-106, and 119-106.
Despite several knockdowns and pushdowns, the fight was a dreadful one with Ortiz failing to land anything flush except one body shot, and failing to close the gap on a fighter who came with the sole purpose of surviving. To add to the misery, the referee seemed to be clueless as to what constituted a knockdown.
This was not the showcase fight Eddie Hearn had hoped for and he must now wait until December 10 to find someone willing to engage “The Real King Kong” on the Joshua-Molina card.
All of a sudden, however, Ortiz is no longer the “Real” heavyweight to be avoided. In fact, if he fights Deontay Wilder (who showed he could go 12 quality rounds against Bermane Stiverne) the way he fought Tony Thompson and Scott, he will get knocked out.
And speaking of Wilder, he knocked out Scott in one round, although in a controversial manner.
Anthony Joshua might also be in line to fight Luis depending on the results of December 10.
The real question here is whether Ortiz has been exposed. Scribes like to point out that “time is running out “for Ortiz; maybe it already has.
Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several records. A member of Ring 4’s Boxing Hall of Fame, he enjoys writing about boxing.