Luis Ortiz vs Tony Thompson: Never Count Out 44 Year Old Southpaw
There's a big Cuban wrecking machine in the heavyweight division and his name his Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) .
Next month, the well-preserved 36 year old will face 6'5" 44 year old heavyweight spoiler Tony Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs).
Ortiz vs Thompson
Date: March 5, 2016
Broadcast: HBO Boxing After Dark
Venue: DC Armory
Location: Washington DC
BoxRec Rank: Ortiz -6, Thompson - 14
Title: interim WBA (Ortiz)
How many times has Tony Thompson been called in to be a mere "opponent" to showcase an emerging fighter. And how many times has he spoiled the show?
Promoters and managers for the following learned the hard way: Dominick Guinn, Luan Krasniqi, Timur Ibragimov, David Price (twice), Owen Beck, Chazz Witherspoon and Odlanier Solis (twice).
Will Ortiz become just another Thompson 'statistic?'
Yes, Thompson, for the better part of his career, has shown a willingness to travel and play spoiler. And in 46 contests, he's been stopped only twice, by then heavyweight champion Wladimir Kiltschko in 2008 and 2012.
Tony is a tough, cagey awkward southpaw who is capable of making anyone look bad. And despite being in his 40s, he fights with the hunger and desire of a man in his 20s.
Will Thompson derail Ortiz on March 5?
If the Cuban can stop Tony within the distance, it will be mightily impressive. But perhaps Ortiz should simply focus on escaping DC without his first 'L.'
This one should be good...