Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will be fighting 36-year-old journeyman Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) in a 10 round fight on April 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ortiz, 38, and Rossy will be fighting on the undercard of the Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto fight.
On paper, this is a big mismatch due to Ortiz having a lot more boxing skills and amateur experience than Rossy. However, Ortiz didn’t look all that good in his last two fights against David Allen and Malik Scott. It sure seems that age is starting to rear it’s ugly head for the Cuban fighter. He was looking great just 2 years ago, but there are signs that his physical skills are starting to erode.
It’s good that Ortiz is fighting Rossy rather than one of the more talented fighters in the division. But even with Rossy being harmless, he’s potentially dangerous for someone almost 40 like Ortiz. Rossy gave problems to Bermane Stiverne and Erkan Teper in his last 2 fights despite losing. Rossy has 3 out of his last 4 fights. He loses, but he gives his opposition huge headaches.
Rossy was arguably robbed in a 10 round majority decision loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov in August 2014. He’s been in with a well-known during his 13-year pro career. I’m talking about guys like Audley Harrison, Alexaner Dimitrenko, Eddie Chambers, Kubrat Pulev, Maurice Harris, Tavis Walker, Ian Lewison, Joe Hanks, Trevor Bryan and Joey Dawejko.
Ortiz needs to make sure he beats Rossy and looks good doing so, because there is a potential of things going wrong for the Cuban fighter if he doesn’t bring his A-game with him on April 22. Even if Ortiz does bring his A-game, he could get old overnight or should I say he could get older.
“Age is nothing to me. So many fighters have competed into their late age. I still have a lot left in the tank,” said Ortiz.