Ortiz Hopes Time Away From Family Pays Off

After training and living out of a one-bedroom inside his trainer’s gym, Luis Ortiz felt the need to cut out distractions even further and take his training camp to Las Vegas.

“It was a team decision,” trainer Herman Caicedo remarked during Tuesday’s media conference call for the November 23rd rematch between Ortiz and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “We were mulling it over for some time with all the back and forth in getting the fight signed. We were considering different places, California and a few other places.”

“The main thing was to get away from the distractions back home. Luis is a family man. His kids are in school, he wants to be there, attend their events and everything. All of that is very important of course, but we just wanted to create an environment where he only has to focus on the fight.”

“I’m the same weight, just lean and cut,” Ortiz noted of his progress as he prepared to get revenge against Wilder, who knocked him out in the tenth round of their 2018 classic. “It was a conscious decision to get into better shape. It’s been a productive 10, 11 weeks of training and we’re putting on the finishing touches.”

“It’s a lot of sacrifice and self-discipline… I miss my family, it only further fuels my desire to become heavyweight champion of the world.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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