Luis Ortiz At The Crossroads

Posted on 08/29/2022

By: Sean Crose

I’ve solely spoken with Luis Ortiz as soon as. That was again in 2015, within the leadup to his battle with fellow heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings. I requested the then undefeated Cuban “if he felt Jennings might have modified as a fighter since dropping to (Wladimir) Klitshcko.” The reply, and the tone that accompanied it, took me again. “He thinks he’s nothing like Klitschko,” Ortiz’ interpreter stated, “so don’t examine them.” That was it. I later wrote that Ortiz had appeared “confused and defensive” by my query on the time. For the time being, nevertheless, it’s uncertain Ortiz is confused in any respect. He, together with most, if not all, of the boxing public undoubtedly is aware of he wants a win when he faces former multi-titlist Andy Ruiz subsequent Monday in Los Angeles.

Ortiz, at 43 years of age, just isn’t a child, in any case. What’s extra, he’s been defeated twice, each instances by Deontay Wilder. Though Ortiz confirmed that he might give the onerous hitting American bother along with his spectacular ability set, he ended up falling sufferer on each events to then WBC champ Wilder’s thunderous energy. Whereas Ruiz isn’t recognized to have the ability Wilder does, the person can swat successfully, nonetheless. Simply ask Anthony Joshua, who Ruiz stopped in beautiful vogue again in 2019 (Joshua went on to defeat Ruiz of their rematch six months later). What’s extra, Ruiz has quick fingers, and, when at his greatest, is the farthest factor from a simple out for any fighter.

In different phrases, a victory over Ruiz subsequent Sunday can be simply what the physician ordered for Ortiz’ profession. It will present that he can nonetheless sq. off successfully in opposition to a excessive stage opponent. It will additionally present that the person would possibly have the ability to earn himself one other title shot. A loss to the gifted Ruiz, nevertheless, would possibly imply the start of the tip of Ortiz’ profession. Ought to Ruiz prevail subsequent Sunday night time of their pay per view headliner, Ortiz might properly find yourself being a gatekeeper reasonably than a severe contender. And that’s clearly not one thing the person referred to as “King Kong” desires.

From all impressions, Ruiz, who hasn’t at all times been essentially the most disciplined of fighters, seems match and decided main into this battle. Likely Ortiz will enter the ring subsequent weekend in prime combating form, as properly. The Ortiz-Ruiz bout will not be providing any world title belts, however it can most probably offer two established, highly effective and skillful fighters acting at their best possible. There’s lots at stake right here for each males, in any case. Nothing complicated about that.

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