Luis Ortiz easily defeats Malik Scott in Monte Carlo
November 12, 2016
MONTE CARLO - In his first fight since parting ways with Golden Boy Promotions, undefeated heavyweight, Luis Ortiz, gained his 26th win by easily defeating Malik Scott in a 12-round unanimous decision.
The first round of the began with a bizarre three minutes as no shots were thrown. Scott, 36, looked hesitant to engage with the Cuban boxer nicknamed "The Real King Kong" and tasted the canvas in the fourth from a short left hand in the clinch. Scott, who is from Philadelphia, went down two more times after the initial knockdown and could never give Ortiz (26-0, 22 KOs) any type of trouble.
All three judges had it a near shutout for Ortiz with scorecards of 120-106, 120-105 and 119-106. Before the announcement of this bout, it had seemed that Ortiz was going to be sidelined due to promotional issues with Golden Boy. However, Ortiz was able to break free and signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport just last month. This deal for Ortiz could potentially open the doors to bigger fights with the more prominent heavyweights in the division. Hearn seems to have a better working relationship with Al Haymon represented fighters, which includes WBC world champion, Deontay Wilder. Due to the lawsuit against Haymon, Golden Boy is still having some trouble with Showtime's stable of fighters, with Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan being the only exception.
Ortiz needs a competitive, high-profile matchup in 2017 in order to establish his presence. At just three years shy of 40, father-time is not on his side and the activity level needs to be increased. The word 'ducking' was heavily utilized during Ortiz's time with Golden Boy, but in reality, promotional politics were heavily abundant and were also a large factor. A new chapter in Ortiz's career has now been created and hopefully a showdown with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitchko, Wilder or even Tyson Fury (when he sorts his issues out) could be on the horizon.
Daniel Zaldivar is a Senior Editor for Frontproof Media and also contributes to page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing.
(Feature photo:Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions)