by Ryan Burton
Top heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (29-1) returns to the ring on December 1st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Travis Kauffman (32-2).
The fight will take place on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury pay-per-view undercard that will be distributed by Showtime.
The Cuban puncher was stopped by Wilder in March in an exciting fight in which he nearly had the WBC champion out on his feet. Ortiz believes that Wilder will be too much for the unbeaten Fury who’s career has been plagued recently with inactivity.
“Even though Wilder is basic, he is very awkward with his approach. His punches don’t come how you would think traditionally they come. His one-two and one-two-three don’t come the way you expect. If he comes like that and attacks Fury then it will be a short night for Fury,” Ortiz explained.
“Fury won’t have an answer to that. The more classic fighters style are easier to defend against because that is what you are taught to defend against and that is the advantage for Wilder and he has a rocket for a right hand.”
If Ortiz is victorious, he hopes to secure a rematch against Wilder in the near future. He feels strongly that his performance in their first fight merits another shot at Wilder and his green belt. He had Wilder ready to go in the seventh round – before the champion rallied down the stretch and stopped Ortiz in the tenth.
“I think I deserve a rematch. A rematch to erase any of the doubts the fans may have about the result of that fight. I had Wilder hurt but I made mistakes and I got tired. I believe that I should get a rematch,” Ortiz stated.
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