Old warhorse Luis Ortiz is looking to derail the scheduled Deontay Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. pay-per-view on September 4th.
The Cuban, who was on top twice against Wilder before being knocked out on both occasions, is the latest hurdle.
Deontay Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jr
Al Heyman wants to face Wilder and Ortiz later this year and hopes the vacant or interim WBC heavyweight titles will be on the line.
Any clash in Las Vegas will be the crown jewel of the Premier Boxing Champions calendar.
However, if Ortiz wins, Hayom will abandon those plans indefinitely. Ortiz hopes that will happen.
“I’m very grateful to be back in this position and competing at the highest level. I am grateful to Andy for taking this fight. But I’m really looking forward to it,” Ortiz said.
“At the moment, we are preparing for the best Andy Ruiz. We know he’s not just a fighter.
“He is a former world champion. Fortunately, this does not happen. I’m ready for him, and may the best win.
“I’m very excited. Fans will see two fighters who love to fight and throw hard punches. It’s a dream come true. We are not going to disappoint our fans on September 4th.
“I had a good experience fighting Charles Martin. There were some interruptions in the fight. But I will bring the lessons learned into this fight.
“I don’t believe there is an advantage in that I was more active than Andy. I believe in hard work and the mental makeup of a fighter.
“That’s what I focused on day in and day out.”
To try to get it world title shot at 43, Ortiz added: “My main goal right now is to win on September 4th. Then after that I’ll see who crawls out and steps up. So far, there have been few of them at the elite level.
“This fight will end with a knockout. I’m sure Andy thinks the same. This one is not going to go 12 rounds.”
Ruiz is in fantastic shape with a new strength and conditioning coach. He is the main favorite to win.
Tom Brown of TGB Promotions is expecting a tough fight.
“There’s nothing better than a great heavyweight fight. I will take on any heavyweight competition.
“It’s going to be a great night on Sunday, September 4. Los Angeles has always been considered one of the most significant battle cities in the world.
“It has been a hot spot for countless contests between the best fighters in the world. Here’s what fans can expect on September 4.
“Two guys with real heavyweight power.
“Andy is desperate to be champion again and he is training hard to achieve that. He risks everything against a dangerous opponent in the hard-hitting Ortiz.
“It’s also a big opportunity for Ortiz. He knows his only chance is to go through Ruiz. This will be a night you won’t want to miss.”
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