Happy New Year to all. There was some action last Saturday night, and the main event produced a couple of interesting moments on the Pay-Per-View card. Being the elder statesmen at the (reported) age of 42, 🇨🇺Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (33-2-0, 28KO) survived a scare in his Heavyweight bout against 🇺🇸“Prince” Charles Martin (28-3-1, 25KO), and Ortiz hit the canvas twice – the first Continue reading “Luis Ortiz Survives Early Scares in the Contest, Jars Charles Martin With Devastating Overhand Left and Finishes Him Off By 6th Round TKO”
By Tré Berry III🖊️
The week is upon us, where powerpunching WBC Heavyweight World Titlist 🥉🇺🇸Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KO👊👊) and Cuban top-contender 🇨🇺Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1-0, 26KO👊) will run it back in a rematch of their March 2018 contest where Ortiz provided some real fits in their match before Wilder… Continue reading “Rematch Season in the Heavyweight Division (Wilder vs. Ortiz II)”
Well well well…tonight we learned that a re-match has been agreed upon between WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay ‘Bronze-Bomber’ Wilder (41-0-1, 40KO) & always dangerous Luis ‘King-Kong’ Ortiz (31-1-0, 26KO). Their first encounter was a thriller that took place in March of 2018. A Fight-of-the-Year candidate it was… Continue reading “The Forming of a Rematch in the Heavyweight Division (Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz II) 🗞️”
It’s been a long, arduous steady rise since the Heavyweight division tanked out and hit rock-bottom approximately a decade ago, however slowly over the last few years, new talent has emerged from the amateur ranks to take over the division, blending in with a healthy mix of veteran hold-overs who can still box at a high level, and with the addition of a few prominent Cruiserweight’s who are looking to shoot their shot, thus culminating in a Heavyweight cast that is a very good, and interesting division once again. What do we have in the mix? we have…
3 Olympic Gold-Medalists
1 Olympic Bronze-Medalist
1 Reigning Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion
2 Boxers Who Defeated Future Hall-of-Famer Wladimir Klitschko
1 former Lineal Champion
6 Current or Former Title Holders
4 Current or Former Unified Champions
Anthony Joshua is a Gold-Medalist, who sits atop the division by possessing 3 belts, (WBA, WBO, IBF), and has the status of being one of the 2 biggest money draws in the sport.
Deontay Wilder (WBC Champion) will never be a polished boxer due to his late start, however his grit, fortitude, athleticism and punching power are completely unmatched, making him one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing for anyone to face.
Tyson Fury before an abrupt retirement became the Lineal Champion of the world when he dethroned long reigning Champion Wladimir Klitschko. Upon his return, he is trying to reclaim that positioning once again to recapture what he once had.
As for Luis Ortiz, no one really knows how old he is, but he’s still quick for a big man, fundamentals are still up to par, and he can still box.
New edition and Cruiserweight King Oleksandr Usyk has no weaknesses, can do it all, and is looked at as one of the best boxers in the world, with some pundits even seeing him as thee best. His major challenge for the division will be how he circumvents his future opponents size discrepancies to utilize the skill advantage that he has over everyone else.
Usyk’s Cruiserweight rival Murat Gassiev has also made the jump up to Heavyweight, and he certainly has the one punch knockout power to aid him in his efforts, while he has a multitude of different skills to hang his hat on.
While Alexander Povetkin hasn’t exactly had the most eventful pro career, that doesn’t speak to the level that he fights at, and he has proven to be a very good fighter, even at this stage of his career.
As for Dillian Whyte, there are very few fighters in the last 5 years that has improved more than he has. Since his defeat to Joshua back in 2015, he has elevated his skills drastically, turning him into a major player in the division.
Jarrell Miller has become a polarizing figure, with not much, to very little merit to the negative critique passed on his way. Too much is made of what his numbers on the weight scale says, blinding people from the reality that for such a massive individual, he is very nimble on his feet, with quality reflexes, upper body movement, and possesses the best stamina in the Heavyweight division despite him hovering around 300 lbs.
Michael Hunter is another talented former Cruiserweight who made the jump up. The son of former contender Mike ‘The Bounty’ Hunter only has one loss to his record, that coming against Usyk. Joseph Parker and Adam Kownacki are more-so middle of the pack Heavyweights, however it speaks to the health of the division that these 2 fighters are looked at as fringe top-10, with them being respectable fighters in their own right.
PROGNOSIS…the Heavyweght division is a healthy one. While a fight or two is taking too long to manifest, we now have enough depth to still get some big time quality matches to happen while things are sorted out to make those other marquee fights materialize.
The Cuban sensation ‘King Kong’ Luis Ortiz (31-1-0, 26KO) fought and secured a unanimous decision victory over Christian Hammer (24-6-0, 14KO) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
This fight, albeit a one sided bout, had some interesting moments, and produced a good deal of entertainment, perhaps more than what was expected of it by boxing pundits.
The fight in large was centered around Ortiz peppering with his right jab, diverting Hammers attention upstairs with probing punches, to mix in some body shots successfully. For what was Hammers U.S. debut, in terms of intrigue and watch-ability, he did himself some pretty good justice, showing that he’s a stubborn fighter, who showcased his propensity in being a clever counter-puncher, albeit trailing behind Ortiz in experience and class.
Despite Ortiz being listed at the age of 39 (there are questions about the legitimacy of his age), he has proven that his reaction time, stamina and footwork are still in top-notch form. Of course Ortiz’s chief priority expressed in the post-fight interview was to target the Champions and get a shot with unified WBA/WBO/IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, and/or a re-match with WBC Champion Deontay Wilder.