Luis Ortiz: They Said I Was Old, That Martin Would Beat Me – I’ll Be Here For a While!

Luis Ortiz refuses to throw in the towel. On Saturday night in Florida, King Kong defeated the dangerous Charles Martin, a former IBF world champion, by knockout in their International Boxing Federation heavyweight eliminator.

At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Ortiz had to overcome two knockdowns before he cracked Martin with a tremendous shot in the sixth round. Ortz then battered him with heavy punches to score two knockdowns of his own for a stoppage win.

“They said I was old, that Martin was going to beat me, but you see, King Kong will be here for a while,” said Ortiz, who will soon be 43 years old, to George Ebro.

“I don’t know who I’m going to fight, but I want it to be soon. I neither want to nor can I waste time. I think I have secured myself a good fight in the future.”

To many observers, it appeared Ortiz was on his way to a loss after suffering two knockdowns and being outboxed in some rounds, but the Cuban puncher’s corner kept him claim.

“When Luis got to the corner, I calmed him down and told him everything he was doing wrong,” explained Ortiz’s coach, Germán Caicedo.

“I told him that what he wanted was going to come, but he had to box. Do not look for the win with a single punch. He had to use his jab more and move smart.”

It will be interesting to see where Ortiz goes from here. Undefeated danger man Filip Hrgovic could be waiting in the wings. The IBF had ordered a final eliminator between Hrgovic and several fighters, but none of them wanted to face him. Whether or not the sanctioning body will order a final eliminator between Ortiz and Hrgovic remains to be seen.

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Luis Ortiz: I’m Coming After Every Heavyweight in Line For The Title!

Top heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz scored a sixth-round stoppage of former heavyweight champion Charles Martin in a dramatic IBF title eliminator showdown that headlined a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday night from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

In a back and forth battle that topped a five-fight all-heavyweight pay-per-view, Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) recovered from two knockdowns to earn the TKO over the former heavyweight titleholder Martin (28-3-1, 25 KOs). The fight got off to a hot start in round one, with Martin landing a bruising left hand to the side of Ortiz’s head that sent him down late in the frame.

While Ortiz was able to regain his composure and do effective body work and snap his jab, Martin struck once again at the end of round four, landing a hard jab with his right hand that put Ortiz down for the second time in the fight.

“I was very focused during this fight,” said Ortiz. “I was never worried. My trainer just told me to keep working the jab and that’s what I was able to do.”

In a battle of gargantuan southpaws, Ortiz landed the left hand that ultimately decided the fight, connecting on a counter early in round six that immediately dazed Martin, who looked potentially out on his feet. Ortiz quickly followed up with a flurry and scored the knockdown, leaving Martin with his glove tied up in the ropes.

“It was very difficult going southpaw against southpaw,” said Ortiz. “At the end of the day, my intelligence won the fight.”

Martin was able to rise to his feet and looked to hold on with over two minutes left in the round, but Ortiz was relentless in his attack and eventually forced referee Frank Santore Jr. to wave off the bout 1:37 into round six. Despite trailing on all three scorecards coming into the final round, Ortiz landed an impressive 57 percent of his power punches in the fight, including 19 of 23 in round six, according to CompuBox.

“I maintained faith the entire time,” said Ortiz. “I knew I had my family and these fans behind me. I told everyone that this fight would be fireworks. He knocked me down, but then I finished him. I respect him a lot and now I’m coming after every heavyweight in line for the title.”

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Photos: Luis Ortiz Dropped Twice, Drills Charles Martin in Sixth

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida – In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to blast out former champion Charles Martin (28-3-1, 25 KOs) in the sixth round. (photos by Ryan Hafey)

Coming in, Ortiz’s two career defeats, both by knockout, were at the hands of Deontay Wilder. 

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Both were jabbing to the body in the first round. Ortiz was pressing forward and shooting a hard jab. Martin landed a quick left hand to drop Ortiz to his knees for a knockdown. Once that happened, Martin became more active with is punches. At the start of the second, Ortiz came out firing with a lot of punches, which generated a reaction by Martin to throw back. Martin was targeting the body and countering well. Ortiz landed a solid left to push Martin back and he was starting to get more aggressive.

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In the third, Ortiz once again came out pressing forward and looking to land big. Both were jabbing. The action was very close. Martin came out firing in the fourth, to press Ortiz back. Ortiz began to shoot his jab and was giving Martin trouble. Ortiz was starting to target the body and then go to the head. At the end of the round, Martin caught Ortiz with a stiff jab for another knockdown.   

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Both were picking their spots in the fifth. Ortiz rallied in the final minute with a lot of activity to the head and body. Martin was badly hurt at the start of the sixth round and dropped against the ropes. Ortiz was unloading with a ton of punches to drop Martin for a second time. Martin got up on unsteady legs and the fight was waved off.

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Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin – CompuBox Punch Stats

Luis Ortiz landed 57% (41/72) of his power punches. 19 of those landed power punches came in the sixth round, when Ortiz put Charles Martin on the canvas twice for the stoppage win.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida – In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to blast out former champion Charles Martin (28-3-1, 25 KOs) in the sixth round.

Coming in, Ortiz’s two career defeats, both by knockout, were at the hands of Deontay Wilder. 

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Luis Ortiz Overcomes Two Knockdowns, Blasts Out Charles Martin in Sixth

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida – In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to blast out former champion Charles Martin (28-3-1, 25 KOs) in the sixth round.

Coming in, Ortiz’s two career defeats, both by knockout, were at the hands of Deontay Wilder. 

Both were jabbing to the body in the first round. Ortiz was pressing forward and shooting a hard jab. Martin landed a quick left hand to drop Ortiz to his knees for a knockdown. Once that happened, Martin became more active with is punches. At the start of the second, Ortiz came out firing with a lot of punches, which generated a reaction by Martin to throw back. Martin was targeting the body and countering well. Ortiz landed a solid left to push Martin back and he was starting to get more aggressive.

In the third, Ortiz once again came out pressing forward and looking to land big. Both were jabbing. The action was very close. Martin came out firing in the fourth, to press Ortiz back. Ortiz began to shoot his jab and was giving Martin trouble. Ortiz was starting to target the body and then go to the head. At the end of the round, Martin caught Ortiz with a stiff jab for another knockdown.   

Both were picking their spots in the fifth. Ortiz rallied in the final minute with a lot of activity to the head and body. Martin was badly hurt at the start of the sixth round and dropped against the ropes. Ortiz was unloading with a ton of punches to drop Martin for a second time. Martin got up on unsteady legs and the fight was waved off.

MORE DETAILS TO COME……………………

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Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin – LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard

Top heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz and former world champion Charles Martin went face-to-face at the official weigh-in Friday before they meet in an IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator headlining a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View this Saturday, January 1 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. (photos by Ryan Hafey)

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The weigh-in also featured rising heavyweight star Frank “The Cuban Flash” Sanchez and Christian Hammer, who duel in the 10-round co-main event.

Rounding out the heavyweight extravaganza and facing off at Friday’s event were heavyweight contenders Jonnie Rice and Michael Coffie, who meet in a 10-round rematch, former title challenger Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington and Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen, who battle in a 10-round fight, and unbeaten Viktor Faust and Iago Kiladze, who square off in the 10-round pay-per-view opener at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. 

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Luis Ortiz: Martin Entering With Bad Intentions; I’m Coming To Knock Him Out

The one thing on which Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin agree is there being little chance of their fight going the distance.

Miami’s Ortiz enjoys a home game for the first major boxing card of the New Year, taking on a former IBF titlist in Martin (28-2-1, 25KOs) atop an all-heavyweight Fox Sports Pay-Per-View card Saturday evening from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The rare matchup of heavyweight southpaws features two heavy-handed contenders with just seven of their combined 67 career fights going to the scorecards.

Neither have any intention of letting this one go all 12 rounds.

“Charles Martin is entering the ring with bad intentions,” Ortiz told BoxingScene.com ahead of their IBF title eliminator. I expect an explosive fight from him but I’m coming to knock him out.”

Ortiz (32-2, 27KOs) has amassed a mere 45 seconds of official ring time since the pandemic, needing that little amount of time to rid himself of Alexander Flores last November in Los Angeles. The bout was his first since his repeat knockout loss to then-unbeaten WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs), winning virtually every second of their November 2019 Fox Sports PPV main event before Wilder landed a potent right hand to end the fight on the spot in the seventh round.

Wilder and Martin are two of the few heavyweight opponents Ortiz has faced to boast a superior knockout to win ratio heading into their fight. Martin has earned 25 knockouts in 28 wins (89.3%), including a sixth-round stoppage of Gerald Washington in February 2020—his last ring appearance prior to Saturday. Ortiz has scored knockouts in 28 of his 32 wins (84.4%) and was extended the distance just three times in his career, with two wins coming by way of disqualification.

Most heavyweight fights carry the threat of ending with a single punch, a claim Ortiz has heard from seemingly every opponent to date. Only one—Wilder (twice) has been able to follow through on that promise.

“Whenever an opponent says there will be a knockout, it makes me smile,” admits Ortiz. “Everyone claims they’re gonna knock me out, at least the ones who actually have the (courage) to face me.

“But once you step through those ropes, anything can happen. Whatever is the game plan for Charles Martin, he needs to be aware that he’s facing a dangerous fighter who can adapt to any situation.”

The five-fight PPV is available for purchase through Fox Sports and its providers as well as Fite TV (Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, SRP $39.99).

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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Charles Martin: You Will See A Great Knockout Because This Fight Is Not Going Twelve Rounds

You can’t blame Charles Martin for expecting a knockout no matter who he faces.

The former IBF heavyweight titlist envisions that exact scenario playing out in Saturday’s clash with Luis Ortiz, with the pair of heavy-handed southpaws seeing just seven out of a combined 67 fights go to the scorecards. Martin has every intention of seeing that trend through in this weekend’s Fox Sports Pay-Per-View main event.

“This will be a great fight. Two southpaws,” Martin noted of the upcoming IBF heavyweight title eliminator. “You don’t see that too often in the heavyweights. You’ll get your thrills with the boxing because we are both good technically.

“Secondly, you will see a great knockout because this fight is not going twelve rounds.”

Martin (28-2-1, 25KOs) has been forced to go the distance four times in his nine-plus year career. Three of the five—two wins and a draw—came in 2013, with the lone other occasion coming in a September 2018 narrow points loss to then-unbeaten Adam Kownacki.

Following a six-round win over Vincent Thompson in their September 2013 battle of unbeaten prospects, Martin has scored knockouts in 17 of his past 18 victories. The lone exception came in March 2019, when Gregory Corbin was disqualified in the eighth round for repeated low blows.

Among the 26 opponents conquered inside the distance was Vyacheslav Glazkov, whom Martin defeated via third-round injury stoppage to win the IBF heavyweight title in January 2016. The St. Louis-bred heavyweight—now based out of Carson, California—saw his reign end just twelve weeks later in a second-round knockout loss to then-unbeaten Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22KOs).

Martin enters Saturday’s bout with Ortiz (32-2, 27KOs; 2NC) having won his last three starts. The most recent was a February 2020 sixth-round stoppage of Gerald Washington (20-4-1, 13KOs) who appears on the PPV undercard in a ten-round bout with Ali Eren Demirezen (14-1, 11KOs). With just three career bouts lasting beyond the sixth round, the former champ—who turns 36 in April—doesn’t anticipate needing all twelve to take care of the nearly 43-year-old Ortiz on Saturday.  

“Absolutely, I am going to knock him out,” vows Martin.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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Charles Martin: I Don’t See Need To Waste My Time With Tune-Ups; Ready To Rock And Roll Right Now

Charles Martin has reached a point in his career where he feels it’s big fights or bust.

The bulk of the past two years has been the latter, though a necessary investment into his future.

“I’ve just got big plans and big expectations for myself,” Martin told reporters during a Zoom media conference call of his recent inactive stretch ahead of his New Year’s Day showdown with Luis Ortiz. “I have goals of becoming a two-time heavyweight champion. I don’t see the need to waste my time with tune-up fights right now.

“I don’t need it. I’m ready to rock and roll right now.”

Martin (28-2-1, 25KOs) has been ready for any big fight ever since his last win, a one-sided sixth-round stoppage of former heavyweight title challenger Gerald Washington last February at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Several opportunities have been floated for the former IBF heavyweight titlist since the pandemic, with his name attached to rumored showdowns with fellow former titlists Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs) and Andy Ruiz (34-2, 22KOs). Neither bout materialized, leaving the California-based heavyweight with a career-longest 22-month inactive stretch by the time he faces Miami’s Ortiz (32-2, 27KOs) on January 1 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Ortiz—who turns 43 in March—has not fought since a 45-second blitzing of Alexander Flores last November in Los Angeles. The brief affair is his lone piece of ring action since a repeat knockout loss to Deontay Wilder in their November 2019 WBC heavyweight title fight rematch at MGM Grand.

In that regard, neither fighter is at an advantage heading into their Fox Sports Pay-Per-View headliner.

Both remain focused on winning a heavyweight belt, which for Martin would be a second title reign. The 6’5” southpaw—who turns 36 in April—briefly held the IBF belt before suffering a second-round knockout to then-unbeaten contender Anthony Joshua in April 2016, having since won five of his last six.

The lone defeat came in a competitive ten-round, unanimous decision in favor of then-unbeaten Adam Kownacki in September 2018. The current three-fight win streak for Martin—including the aforementioned knockout of Washington—helped lead to this point, with the only intention to continue moving forward.

“I’m in my prime right now,” noted Martin. “I’m at my peak, I don’t believe in fighting the lower-level fighters right now.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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Charles Martin: Luis Ortiz Is Part Of My Revenge Tour; I Want Joshua Twice And Whip His Ass Back-To-Back

After years of walking this earth like a god, Charles Martin is now prepared to ride off into the sunset. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

The former IBF heavyweight titlist isn’t quite at that point but has already mapped out an exit strategy. It includes a knockout win this weekend and avenging the first loss of his career.

“I didn’t get a fair shake in my first run as champion,” Martin insisted ahead of Saturday’s Fox Sports Pay-Per-View main event from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “Luis Ortiz is part of this revenge tour I’m on. Four fights and then I’m going to retire.”

Martin did not make the claim tongue-in-cheek—very few of his public comments are. The 35-year-old southpaw feels that a four-fight plan should be enough for whatever else he plans to achieve in this sport.

First on the list is a dangerous showdown with Ortiz (32-2, 27KOs), a Cuban southpaw based out of Miami whose lone two losses both came at the hands of then-unbeaten WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder. Martin was also prepared to face former unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz, instead agreeing to—or settling for, depending on the viewpoint—a fight with Ortiz which is being marketed as an IBF heavyweight title eliminator.

Martin (28-2-1, 25KOs) was at a similar place in his last fight. A sixth-round stoppage of Gerald Washington (20-4-1, 13KOs) in February 2020 came with the label of a WBA title eliminator. There were three different versions of the WBA heavyweight title at the time, though Martin didn’t receive a shot at any of them—or a fight of any kind until accepting the fight with Ortiz.

“The last one was supposedly a title eliminator and we saw what happened then,” points out Martin. “I’m remaining hopeful about getting another title shot but I don’t overlook any opponent. [Ortiz is] the only opposition I see at this moment.”

A win on Saturday will leave the St. Louis-bred heavyweight—now based out of Carson, California—in a good place, though not necessarily any closer to a desired second title reign. That is not in his sights right now, though he is rooting for his prior conqueror Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22KOs) to regain his WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO titles in his yet-to-be-announced rematch with Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KOs). Joshua knocked out Martin inside of two rounds to win the IBF belt in April 2016, leaving Martin with a title reign of just 85 days—the second shortest in heavyweight history.

Wins by Joshua and Martin could make for an interesting rematch, more so if the winner of Usyk-Joshua II doesn’t immediately enter an undisputed title clash with lineal/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KOs).

“I want to fight Anthony Joshua again,” insists Martin. “I want to fight him twice and whip his ass back-to-back. I got some business to take care of on Saturday. That’s what it is, man. We’ve been working hard on it and we’re ready.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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