Parker Calls Out Ortiz
WBO champion Joseph Parker defends his title against his mandatory challenger Hughie Fury in just three weeks time. The action takes places at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on September 23rd.
And WBC champion Deontay Wilder is alleged to be facing unbeaten Cuban standout Luis Ortiz, a week later, on November 4th, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Many experts expect Ortiz to give Wilder a tough fight, yet Joseph Parker doesn’t share that notion. While he has a lot of respect for Ortiz, he expects Wilder to come out on top against the Cuban. Parker explained to Boxing Scene that…
“I think Wilder is a champion for a reason. I pick Wilder but Ortiz is a tricky fighter and I think the southpaw stance will give him some trouble but I think Wilder has the punch to finish him and he always rises to the occasion.”
The 25-year-old Parker also said that he would love to unify titles against the winner.
“I would love to fight anyone. If I keep winning and whoever wins between Wilder and Ortiz keeps winning, I would love to fight him.”
If the November 4th bout is set, Ortiz will have his first fight in nearly a year. The last time the Cuban heavyweight stepped into the ring was last December, when he stopped British contender David Allen in Manchester as part of the undercard to Joshua’s knockout of Eric Molina. Wilder saw action back in February, when he stopped late replacement Gerald Washington in Alabama.