Since joining Matchroom in October, many questions have been around wether Hearn has intentions of building a fight easier with two fighters in his stable matching him up against Joshua, or is he promoting him and taking him in another direction to avoid Anthony Joshua.
The 37 year old Cuban Heavyweight has been an absolute wrecking ball. An undefeated record of 27 fights, 25 wins, 22 by knockout and 2 no contests, most notable victories coming in his last two fights against Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson. Considered massive risk and not very high reward, the fight at the moment for Hearn obviously doesn’t make financial sense enough to take that risk.
Ortiz makes his Matchroom debut this Saturday in Monte Carlo facing Malik Scott for the WBA Inter Continental Heavyweight Title, and providing he comes through that, which he should quite convincingly he will be in amongst the mix of the WBA saga of many belts.
Ortiz has said he is ready to fight AJ, ready to fight Klitschko and Wilder. With Klitschko and AJ supposedly lined up for a unification clash in spring 2017, it makes sense Ortiz chases the winner of that as he should already have a belt within that governing body.
Personally for me, Ortiz is quite an avoided fighter. Yes it’s getting on abit, and his appearance doesn’t look like he’s a young fighter but his boxing technique and devastating power from a southpaw stance is why I feel he could be one of the most dangerous in the division.