“They’re Terrified to Fight Me” – Luis Ortiz Issues a Stern Warning to Top Heavyweights

Published 05/05/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Luis Ortiz speaks to the Media during SHOWTIME SPORTS 2018 Boxing Announcements at Cipriani on Jnauary 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Luis Ortiz ranks among the most prominent heavyweights of all time. Over the past few years, he’s remained in the news for fighting the bigwigs of his division and ending up on the winning vertical against them. However, the hard-hitting heavyweight, who isn’t quite satisfied with his run until now, is hungry for more.

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Despite him being ecstatic to take anyone on, he certainly feels the other heavyweight contenders aren’t equipped to fight him. In a chat with Mike Coppinger from The Athletic, he said, “They’re terrified to fight me.”

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The last time Ortiz stepped inside the ring was against Alexander Flores in November 2020. That night, ‘King Kong’ won the fight with a sublime KO and made an exemplary statement. Until now, he has fought several top-notch opponents, but his battle with Deontay Wilder tops the fan charts.

The pair locked horns with each other in 2018 for the Alabama native’s WBC heavyweight title. As expected, this bout turned out to be a sheer blockbuster as both Wilder and Ortiz landed dynamite-like hands on each other. To everyone’s surprise, Ortiz fared exuberantly well in this encounter and gave Wilder a stern test.

At one point, it seemed ‘King Kong’ figured ‘The Bronze Bomber’ out and he was all set to finish him. Yet Wilder kept composure and finished Luis Ortiz.

A year later, Wilder and Ortiz fought each other in a rematch. But this time, it was the former who secured a clear and concise win.

Can Luis Ortiz revive his career with a fight against Andy Ruiz Jr?

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The southpaw holds an extensive track record of 32-2. Moreover, he is an explosive prospect who has every ability to confront and beat the toughest of contenders.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: Luis Ortiz waits for the start of his title fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

That said, in order to revive his boxing career, Ortiz will need a couple or more fights to get back to his best version. Right now, contenders like Andy Ruiz Jr., and Deontay Wilder, are a perfect fit for the veteran, as they themselves are looking for sturdy opponents.

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In fact, Ortiz is open to fighting Ruiz Jr. In the above interview, he said, “I think that he wants the fight. I’m here for fighting. I like this fight with Andy Ruiz. I’m ready.”

Do you see Ortiz vs Ruiz Jr. as a potential matchup?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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