Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz 31-1 (26) delivered a workman-like performance to defeat Christian Hammer 24-6 (14) over 10-rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.
The 39-year-old Cuban southpaw controlled the action with his jab, mixing in hard left crosses and occasional left uppercuts. Judge Joseph Pasquale scored the fight a shutout at 100-90, while judges John Basile and Waleska Roldan handed in identical scores of 99-91, all for Ortiz.
The fight was the main support bout to Brian Castano versus Erislandy Lara.
“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” Ortiz said. “It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. It was a hard fight. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit.”
Last year Ortiz gave WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) a scare, trailing the fight by just a single point on all three judges’ scorecards after nine rounds before being stopped in the 10th.
Ortiz – pushing 40 or well into his 40s, depending who you believe – says he would welcome the opportunity to avenge his loss to Wilder and would also like to face the other top names at heavyweight.
“Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready,” Ortiz continued.
“I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work. So, I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out. I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.
“The most important thing tonight is that I’m helping my daughter. The doctors are here for my little girl and we’ll see what happens.”
Punch statistics had Ortiz landing 140 of 610 total punches at 23%, 61 of 450 jabs at 14% and 79 of 160 power shots at 49%. Ortiz landed almost as many power shots at Hammer did total punches, 84 of 403 at 21%.
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