Interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz refuses to look past upcoming opponent Tony Thompson but knows he can ill-afford any slip-ups as a full title shot looms.
The Cuban must firstly come though old warhorse Thompson this weekend before a meeting against Alexander Ustinov, which will act as a final eliminator for the winner of Tyson Fury v Wladiimir Klitschko II.
As Ortiz edges towards his dream of winning the world championship, ‘King Kong’ is fully aware that any lack of focus against ex-Klitschko foe Thompson would be critical at this stage of his career.
Speaking via his interpreter, Ortiz conversed: “He says he doesn’t look passed anybody, and much less in a boxer saying he hasn’t trained. Not in Tony Thompson, who is an old-school boxer, a wise boxer. So he’s not comfortable at all (to fight). He’s coming in taking it real serious. He’s going to come real aggressive now.”
Asked who would he like to fight, Ortiz responded: “He said he wants to fight whoever has the belt. Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, whoever has the belt is who he would like to fight. He doesn’t have nobody in particular.”
Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson is a 12-round heavyweight fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with King Kong Boxing and Warriors Boxing and Promotions. Sadam Ali vs. Jessie Vargas is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Welterweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Top Rank. The event is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. The DC Armory doors open at 3:00 p.m. ET, and the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.