Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz has made a surprising claim regarding his March 3 clash with Deontay Wilder.
Ortiz challenges for the WBC heavyweight crown in a bid to end Wilder’s superb 39-0 run and says the contest is the top two in the division against each other.
“This really is the best versus the best as far as the heavyweight division, and everyone who knows boxing knows that,” Ortiz said.
“There’s been too much talking already. It’s time to fight. All I ask now is that the winner of this fight receives the respect from the other man, from the public, from the media and the fans that they deserve as the best heavyweight in the U.S.’
“There’s an opportunity for a dreamer and March 3 is going to be a great fight,” he added.
Ortiz, 38, has an unbeaten streak of 28 fights to defend himself, dating back to 2010, but is yet to be fully tested at the very highest level.
Wins over also-ran top division contenders Bryant Jennings, Malik Scott and Dave Allen sit alongside a controversial first round knockout of former cruiserweight world title holder Lateef Kayode and leave more questions than answers on Ortiz’s record.
‘The Real King Kong’ has also been the subject of debate over his failed drug tests in the past, although is now part of the WBC Clean Boxing Program and is required to give samples at the discretion on VADA.
Wilder has a huge undisputed unification on his mind for the back end of 2018 against the winner of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker, the other current title holders at 200 pounds plus and the number one and number four in the WBN divisional rankings.