By Rich Cheney: Heavyweight Amir Mansour says he was told by a former Cuban Olympic boxing team member that Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) is 48-year-old and not the 38 that he’s currently listed it.
Ortiz is still fighting at a very high level, and is about to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) for his title on November 4 on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“Ortiz is an old man, and for him to be beating those young bulls, like they never put on a pair of gloves in their life, if you get beat by Ortiz, then you’re a bum,” said Mansour to BWTM Sports Channel. “Cuba has old [expletive] men in their team. We all know that. The guy that was on the Cuban boxing team, the Olympic Cuban boxing team with him and he promised me that Ortiz is at least 48-years-old. That mother-[expletive] is 50, man. Ortiz has 100s of amateur fights. Ortiz is slow, but he’s crafty as hell. He’s very smart. His ring generalship is A+. I just think he’s way too slow to be competing on the level he’s completing, and he really hasn’t beaten nobody,” said Mansour.
It’s impressive if Ortiz, 6’4”, is 48, because it shows you he kind of talent that he has for him to be one of the best heavyweights in the division right now at his age. A lot of fans are picking Ortiz to beat Wilder. Some fans even think Ortiz will beat IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when the two of them face each other in the future.
Understandably, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn hasn’t been in a rush to make that fight happen with Ortiz. Hearn seems to be using the Golden Boy Promotions method of letting an older fighter age and deteriorate before putting his cash cow Joshua in with Ortiz. Golden Boy promotes Saul Canelo Alvarez, and they waited 3 years to finally match him against Gennady Golovkin, who is now 35, and isn’t the same fighter he was several years ago. Golovkin has lost some parts of his game, but he’s still obviously better than Canelo, as we saw last Saturday night. The judges saved Canelo from losing to Golovkin with their scoring. Ortiz has a very good chance of beating Wilder on November 4. If Ortiz is 48, it’s not a big deal. Bernard Hopkins was nearly 50 and still fighting at a high level. He probably would have done better at the end if he had stayed more active after his loss to Sergey Kovalev. Wilder is so flawed. He has a ton of things to learn about the game, and he doesn’t have enough time to use for him to learn them before facing Ortiz. I think Wilder could get knocked out by Ortiz, and he’ll be sorry he ever took that fight.