(Photo Credit: Alex Menendez-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: At today’s weigh-in, “The Real King Kong” Luis Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) weighed in for his defense of his interim WBA heavyweight title against Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) for tomorrow’s fight at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. In looking at the two fighter’s physical conditioning and height, both guys look to be in good shape.
The 6’4” Ortiz looked good, but not the trim and young fighter he was when he was fighting in Cuba as an amateur many years ago. While still only 36, Ortiz looks like he’s aged considerably in the last 10 years, and he looks to be at least 10 years older than his chronological age. Ortiz does not look like someone 36 to me. He looks more like someone in their mid-40s to early 50s. He definitely does not look like the youthful fighter that he was in the past.
I like Ortiz to win this fight; mostly because Jennings cannot punch and he does not have the extensive amateur experience that Ortiz has had. I’m not high on Ortiz to be someone who will be able to win the WBA heavyweight title one of these days and hold it down for any length of time, because I’ve seen too many of Ortiz’s amateur fights to know that he’s not capable of doing that. Ortiz has great skills, excellent punching power and a lot of experience against top quality fighters.
However, Ortiz does not have great stamina and he never will. If he gets put into a dog fight, I think he’ll lose if he’s met with someone with punching power and a good chin that can handle his early onslaught. I’ll be surprised if Jennings is able to be the first to beat Ortiz as a pro, but not that surprised. Like I said, Ortiz is there to be beaten if you can take him deep and push a fast pace.
Here are the weights for the fighters on the card:
Luis Ortiz 239 vs. Bryant Jennings 229.5
Nicholas Walters 129.5 vs. Jason Sosa 130
Yunieski Gonzalez 175 vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 175
Gabriel Rosado 158 vs. Joshua Clottey 157
Yuriorkis Gamboa 133 vs. Hylon Williams, Jr. 133
(Above three bouts on HBO Latino immediately
Jorge Melendez 154.5 vs. Steven Martinez 154
D’Mitirius Ballard 169.5 vs. Fabiano Peña 172
The Joshua Clottey vs. Gabriel Rosado fight should be an interesting one. I think Clottey might have too much for Rosado, who is quickly turning into a journeyman.
I really like the light heavyweight contest between Yunieski Gonzalez and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. Aside from the main event, I think this could very well be the best fight on the card. Gonzalez was recently robbed in his fight against Jean Pascal earlier this year in July.