Trainer: Ortiz Will Dismantle Joshua
After falling to Deontay Wilder in a well-received WBC Heavyweight Title bout back in March, Luis Ortiz is trying to re-position himself and get back into heavyweight title contention.
After a fallout in negotiations with Dillian Whyte, Ortiz will fight Razvan Cojanu tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, as part of the undercard for Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. While Ortiz may be considered one of boxing’s top heavyweights, he’s only ranked in the IBO rankings as its No. 5 contender. He is not listed in the top 15 for the WBA, WBC, WBO or IBF.
And unless he is named a mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, Ortiz feels a fight between the two will never take place. In fact, per Boxing Scene, when asked after a press conference if Joshua would be willing to face him, “King Kong” laughed.
“He doesn’t think so,” Herman Caicedo, Ortiz’s trainer, said. “He thinks they’re all chicken overseas. [Promoter Eddie] Hearn won’t do it. Joshua wants no part of it. Hearn knows he’ll dismantle Joshua in eight rounds and knock him out. Why would Hearn do that?”
[Joshua] can talk all the crap he wants to talk, but it’s never gonna happen. Like [Ortiz] has said in the past, unless [Ortiz] gets on Medicare and has a walking stalk, maybe then they’ll fight him.
Original Story: Boxing Scene