Luis Ortiz signs deal with Al Haymon, will appear on undercard of Porter-Berto
March 29, 2017
It was reported earlier today that heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) has signed a deal with powerful manager/adviser Al Haymon. This comes as the third significant change Ortiz has made to his team within a year’s span.
Last year Ortiz left Golden Boy Promotions to the surprise of many and ended up signing with UK promoter Eddie Hearn. Ortiz fought twice at the end of 2016 once in November against Malik Scott and then against David Allen in December. The Cuban defeated Scott by unanimous decision and Allen by technical knockout.
The signing with Haymon will allow Ortiz to return to the United States and fight on the undercard of the upcoming Shawn Porter-Ander Berto fight taking place on April 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The opponent that has been rumored for Ortiz on the card is Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs).
This signing with Haymon for Ortiz has opened up the options available for him exponentially. Next month when Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) step in the ring against each other, the winner has been ordered by the WBA to face Ortiz. Now having signed with Haymon Ortiz may have the chance to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs).
Wilder last stepped into the ring against Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) last February where he got a stoppage in the fifth round. The WBC heavyweight champion looked vulnerable at times and had trouble getting past Washington’s jab.
A fight between Wilder and Ortiz would be highly anticipated with many making the Cuban the favorite. Ortiz spoke with Ringside Fighting News about his future after his bout in April.
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