Luis Ortiz Returns With Eyes Set On Wilder
In 2018, Luis Ortiz was moments away from shocking the world and knocking out Deontay Wilder, now the Cuban boxer returns to the Barclays Center in the co-main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing card.
Ortiz faces off against fellow hard hitting heavyweight, Christian Hammer, who makes his debut in the United States against the former world title challenger.
“This is a big fight for me to prove that I deserve another shot at the title,” Ortiz told reporters on Thursday. “In my heart I still believe I had that fight against Deontay Wilder in my hands. It was mine to win. Hopefully he will step up and face me again.”
“I feel fantastic,” Ortiz told FIGHT SPORTS exclusively about walking back into Barclays Center. “The fight against Wilder was a war. It didn’t go my way, but since then I’ve been working hard and looking forward to whatever champion looks to step forward.”
Ortiz refuses to take Hammer for granted, and is well aware what Hammer’s intentions are to look and leapfrog him for a potential title shot.
“Christian Hammer says that he’s coming to win,” Ortiz said, “so he better come with a lot of energy. I’m ready for him and anyone else who steps up to the challenge.
During the press conference on Thursday, Ortiz was presented as an honorary ambassador to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Partnership Announces Ambassadorship. Ortiz was awarded the honor on rare-disease day, for the work he’s done to raise awareness for the disease, which his daughter, Lismercedes, suffers from.
I’m totally speechless and honored to receive this recognition,” said Ortiz.
“It means so much to have this platform to help the thousnads parents and children who are suffering from this disease and don’t have an answer or don’t have a way of getting an answer. I’m very proud to not only be able to help my daughter, but someone else’s son or daughter.”