Written By Bakari Simpson: Later today, Luis Ortiz a.k.a. King Kong (27-0, 23 KO’s) will make his official return to the ring. King Kong will face the challenge of Daniel Martz (16-5-1, 13 KO’s) on Fox Sport 1. Few expect much resistance from Martz, who is an extremely last-minute opponent. The bout will be on a special Friday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions.
Luis was initially supposed to mix it up last month with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. However, Ortiz found himself flagged for banned substances and therefore the bout was dismantled. In hindsight, this was a rather puzzling ruling because last week, the WBC absolved Ortiz of any wrongdoing. They deemed that his explanation, that his failed test was due to an undisclosed blood pressure medicine, was valid.
What is vexing about the ultimate verdict is both Ortiz and Wilder expressed their desire to fight. Team Wilder was willing to fight a dirty King Kong. So, if the WBC bought what Team Ortiz was selling in regards to the medication, why scrap the bout? Makes little sense, yet there is not much point in pining over the quizzical final verdict. Although he lost his title shot, Ortiz maintained his standing in the rankings. If victorious against Martz, there is a high likelihood that King Kong will be in a title fight early or mid-2018.
“I am clean, totally clean, I do recognize that there was a failure to report [my medication], but I have never taken anything illegal, the only thing I drink is water and good advice and in my heart I know that I have never done anything bad to take advantage of a opponent.” -Luis Ortiz
Now that he is back in good standing, Ortiz has resumed his quest to become champion. In doing so, he has also resumed his heckling of the belt-holding champions. The fearsome, twice busted, boxer minced no words when talking about Wilder and IBF, WBA champion Anthony Joshua.
It will be interesting to watch the next chapter in Luis Ortiz future. It is likely to involve a Friday night knockout! Make sure you tune in and check it out…
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