By Wilmar Patino:
In an unexpected turn of events, WBA Interim heavyweight champion Luis “King Kong” Ortiz 25-0 (22 KO’s) signs with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Ortiz last fight was a sixth-round knockout of Tony Thompson in March. His rise toward the top of the division hasn’t come without controversy, though. He was stripped of the interim belt and suspended for eight months in January 2015 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid following his win over Lateef Kayode in September 2014. The result was changed to a no contest. Ortiz won the title back by defeating Matias Ariel Vidondo and successfully defended it two months later against Bryant Jennings. Many fans hold high hopes for Luis Ortiz, but the 37-year-old has a short window to capture glory and fame. Signing with Eddie Hearn may turn out to be an opportunity for Luis Ortiz to fight Anthony Joshua 17-0 (17KO’s) down the road.
“Luis Ortiz is one of the most exciting heavyweights in the world and I am delighted to be working with him,” said Hearn to skysports.com. “We plan to keep him very busy and let the fans enjoy his devastating power. Luis is an avoided fighter but we plan on giving him the profile that will make that impossible.” Seeing what Eddie Hearn has been able to do to rise the profiles of his fighter’s in Kell Brook and Anthony Joshua might have swayed Luis Ortiz into signing on the dotted line. As you may remember Luis Ortiz bought out his contract from Golden Boy Promotions after they (Golden Boy) failed to get a fight with Alexander Ustinov 33-1 (24KO’s) done.
Luis Ortiz is set to fight Malik Scott 38-2-1 (13 KO’s) on November 12 at Salle des Etoiles, Monte-Carlo and the event will be televised on Sky Sports. The bout will be the first of recent Matchroom signee, Luis Ortiz’s career as he takes on Malik Scott with roughly three weeks’ notice. The undercard will see WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell take on Liberio Solis, WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa defend his belt against Stephen Smith and Martin Murray look for redemption against Arthur Abraham in their rematch. So what does the future hold for Luis Ortiz? That remains to be seen, but you can look forward to seeing the Cuban interim champ in a world title bout soon according to Eddie Hearn. The idea is to eventually set him up with a fight against Hearn’s cash cow Anthony Joshua. I for one cannot wait to see what’s to come for Luis “King Kong” Ortiz as he takes his career, and chances across the pond in pursuit of his dreams.