Ortiz Sets Sights on Joshua, Klitschko
The final two months of 2016 will be busy ones for Luis "King Kong" Ortiz. The Cuban heavyweight will fight this weekend against Malik Scott, and is also slated for a spot on the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina on Dec. 10.
Ortiz (25-0) is only a few days away from his Monte-Carlo main event bout with Scott, but he can’t help but look ahead at his future in the heavyweight division.
"I want to fight the very best and I want to be heavyweight champion of the world," Ortiz told Boxing Scene. "I’m willing to fight anyone, any champion, any place, any time. I’m ready for anyone: Joshua, Wilder, Klitschko. I know I can beat all of them."
Ortiz’s fight with Scott will be his first in Europe. Matchroom Boxing, who recently signed Ortiz, looks to give Ortiz a massive headlining fight on a U.S. card in the near future.
Scott believes that he will upset Ortiz and seems to be devoid of the fear that other heavyweights have for ‘King Kong’. But Ortiz seems poised for bigger fights, with Scott a mere step in the road to heavyweight gold.
"I feel I have been at my peak for many years now. I have simply been late arriving on the US heavyweight boxing scene. I have been fighting since I was in elementary school. Boxing is a very, very deep passion of mine."
If he runs through Scott as he is expected to, Ortiz’s placement on IBF champion Anthony Joshua’s undercard is intentionally significant. He is looking up at the top ranks of the heavyweight division, and he’s preparing to take them on.