Argentinian puncher Matias Vidondo heads into the biggest fight of his career on Saturday night when he faces off against talented Cuban Luis Ortiz.
Vidondo, who turns 39 later this month, battles the undefeated Ortiz for the interim WBA heavyweight title in a contest that sees the pair boast an 80% KO ratio in 44 contests between them.
The clash takes place on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s massive middleweight unification against David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden and Vidondo is adamant that he will be taking the title back to Santa Fe.
“I feel incredible excitement. To fight for a world title is the greatest thing that can happen to a boxer,” Vidondo told World Boxing News.
“I am a very down-to-earth person and I never dreamed this or thought of myself as a champion before my time. I still can’t believe this fight is close to happening.
“I have been sparring with Victor Ramirez (IBF cruiserweight world champ) and Facundo Ghigione (experienced amateur) in Buenos Aires and I come to the US like never before. We made a great work with my trainer Ivan Protti and I am confident of victory.”
On facing Ortiz on the back of failed drugs test in 2014, Vidondo was reluctant to comment and only had respect for the challenge that will oppose him in New York.
“I honestly did not pay any attention to that and I just think of the fight and not what might have happened before,” he said.
“Ortiz belongs to the famous Cuban school and he has extensive experience from the amateurs. Plus, he is left-handed and a very strong puncher, so I do not expect anything but a tough fight from him.
“Saying that, I know I’ll bring the title to Argentina. Don’t have any doubt about that and I promise I will be world champion,” added Vidondo.