This Saturday sees undefeated Cuban Heavyweight Luis Ortiz take on young British fighter Dave Allen in an undercard filler for Anthony Joshua V Eric Molina in Manchester.
Ortiz is well known as one of the most avoided men in the division and since signing a two fight deal with Matchroom, his profile has gone down and down. His debut fighting under Eddie Hearn was a shocker, going the distance with Malik Scott in an utterly embarrassing fight in Monaco. He has gone from knocking out Tony Thompson and Bryant Jennings on HBO, to facing Malik Scott and Dave Allen.
Luis Ortiz has been dangerous in his progression up the professional ranks but this is no way to progress the career of a deadly, said to be killer. The fact than when Hearn signed him, he knew how dangerous and big of a deal his man could be, infuriates fans to think that we deserve to watch him batter Dave Allen for possibly twelve rounds.
Ortiz will be expected to do a convincing job on Dave Allen this Saturday after the disappointing performance we saw him last put on, and Allen will be turning up for a payday in time for Christmas and fighting for his survival. Allen is not a big puncher on the Heavyweight scene but definitely has an engine.
We saw this engine when he last fought, going the distance with Dillian Whyte in what turned out to be an absolute stinker. Allen showed a good chin and seemed to have a good gas tank, but that was against a British level fighter, fighting Ortiz is very dangerous.
With the recent tragedies in boxing this year and some devastating casualties, I feel an inexperienced Allen being thrown to the lions is a very silly and dangerous move. Ortiz needs to put on a great performance to receive any credit, but Allen being too strong for his own good, may leave the arena in a bad way. Not a fight to look forward to, absolutely shambolic matchmaking for whoever came up with this one.