VIDEO: Luis Ortiz Scores a Scary Knockout Over Charles Martin

Published 01/02/2022, 3:53 AM EST

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‘King Kong’ Luis Ortiz added another high light reel knockout to his name by stopping Charles Martin in round 6 of their recent PBC main-event. Ortiz is now the IBF mandatory title challenger and can soon expect a crack at the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua. Well, the deserving position has come after an intriguing and hard-fought win over the former champion Martin.

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The initial round began at a slow pace, with both men charging each other lately. That said, Charles Martin didn’t really offer much action. He could feed ‘King King’ to the canvas with a clean sweep, but Ortiz smirked and went back up at full force.

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He used his southpaw stance to move well. While Martin also looked decent to some extent, Ortiz had other plans. He didn’t want to extend the fight till the last bell.  42-year-old Ortiz struggled to land with impactful shots, but once he regained control, it was all in his favor.

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Following the first four rounds, both men had seen some legitimate success. Ortiz reflected his sheer age by then, but was still dangerous to deal with. Moreover, Charles Martin was already on the losing side and appeared to be under Ortiz on the scorecards. But it didn’t go till the judge’s scorecard.

 

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Ortiz began round five with sheer aggression and planted the big shots. He seemed to hunt for a KO, whereas Martin was already down on his gas tank. In round six, Ortiz landed his best on a weary Charles Martin. The former IBF champion went defenseless and suffered the hits before the referee waved off the bout.

Is Luis Ortiz still the biggest danger for other heavyweights?

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Ortiz, a vicious southpaw, is clearly a threat to the other heavyweights. In a career of 33 wins (28 KOs) and 2 losses, Ortiz has only lost to Deontay Wilder and has beaten every other opponent on his way. While his recent win puts him into the title race, it will be interesting to see how ‘King Kong’ fares in the top chain system.

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Despite all his skills and agility, Ortiz’s age can be a trouble for him. He looked vulnerable in his latest outing, which his future opponent can use as a blueprint to come hard at him.

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Nevertheless, boxing is sheerly unpredictable and Ortiz has showcased his chances of becoming a world champion in the future. It’s hard to imagine that Luis Ortiz has never been a world champion, and he has limited years left to accomplish that.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.
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