Does anyone want to fight the Boogey man?
By Joseph Correa
Exactly one week after Golden Boy Promotions agreed to a deal for interim heavyweight title holder Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO) to fight heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO) on March 5, the fight is now off. According to Golden Boy, Dimitrenko wanted additional compensation after having already agreed to a deal in principle, but no contract for the HBO-televised main event. This is very disappointing news because it has been very hard for Golden Boy to find any opponents for Ortiz, particularly after his destruction of heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings this past December.
Since then, several opponents (Andy Ruiz, Andrey Fedosov, Carlos Takam, Alexander Ustinov, Bermane Stiverne and now Alexander Dimitrenko) have turned down the fight with Ortiz for one reason or another. Ortiz is a southpaw with big-time punching power, a good chin and exceptional movement for a man of his size (6-4, 235 lbs.) Ortiz also possesses an extensive amateur background making him one of the most complete and dangerous heavyweights in the division.
Time is running out to find a new opponent with just one month to go until the fight date. Golden Boy has their work cut out for them in this case and we will see who, if any opponents step up to the challenge of taking on what looks to be boxing's newest "Boogey man".
Promoter Greg Cohen had this to say: “I thought we had a deal and expected the fight to be made,” Cohen told ESPN.com. “In the 11th hour unrealistic financial requests were made and I immediately notified Golden Boy of the change of heart. To their credit, (Golden Boy) did come up with a structure to pay him more money in an effort to keep the fight intact, but the kid was unwilling to sign a contract. Very disappointing.”
It's unfortunate, but a part of the game in today's version of the sweet science. No-one wants to take the risk for fear of losing opportunities in the future. It seems that promoter's are the one's who duck one another more so than the fighter's themselves and this leaves fight fans ultimately disappointed at the sport as a whole.
Last I checked Charles Martin didn't have a date why not him? It's a perfect fight for both men. Martin has been calling out fellow heavyweight Anthony Joshua to no avail so why not Ortiz? I say make it happen and give the fans what the deserve, a heavyweight championship fight.