Luis Ortiz Ready To Fight Anyone, Including Mike Tyson
One of the most active fighters of boxing’s heavyweight division, the idea of isolating is different for Luis Ortiz. A former interim WBA Heavyweight Champion, “King Kong” is doing what he can to stay active. He is hoping to get back to action as soon as possible and will answer the call when needed.
“I’ve stayed at home like everyone else,'” Ortiz stated to George Ebro, via Boxing Scene. “But I’ve remained active, with proper physical preparation. I already have my ring at home and there I do the exercises. I’ve been told I could fight again between August or September. In any case, I’ll be ready.”
Ortiz (31-2, 2NC) made his professional debut in 2010. With 26 punches via knockout, the 41-year-old old is known for his tremendous power, especially against younger fighters. Ortiz has made an impact within the heavyweight division, beating Bryant Jennings and David Allen, among others.
He suffered his first loss at the hands of then-WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder in 2018, where Wilder came back after Ortiz dominated the first half of the fight. Ortiz then won three in a row before losing to Wilder again for the title back in November.
Losing twice to Wilder (42-1-1) via some form of knockout, Ortiz is always looking to improve. Even with gyms closed, Ortiz has been in contact with his team, finding ways to get motivated. While he didn’t name an active fighter for his return, Ortiz did name someone who has caused a stir in the boxing world recently.
“Me and you know I’m not a boxer sitting down to pick names for some convenience,” Ortiz went on to say. “I’m going against whoever it is and whoever I want. Now there’s a lot of talk about Mike Tyson’s return. If he wants to, I’ll even go against him. I just need a name and a date.”
Tyson (50-6, 2NC) announced his intentions to return to the ring for the first time since 2005. “Iron” Mike wants to compete in exhibition bouts for charity and has been getting several offers from various entities.