LUIS ORTIZ returns to the ring on New Year’s Day in a big heavyweight fight with fellow contender Charles Martin.
Ortiz hasn’t been in the ring since the summer when he defeated his rival Alexander Flores in just one round.
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Earlier, Ortiz had lost via KO in the 7th round to former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Martin has fought six times since losing the world title to Anthony Joshua in 2016, winning five of them, including one against Gerald Washington on the Wilder-Fury 2 undercard.
And now Ortiz and Martin face off for a chance to cast themselves in the heavyweight title picture in 2022.
When is Luis Ortiz vs Charles Martin?
- Ortiz’s big heavyweight clash with Charles Martin will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
- The match will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
- Fans in the UK can expect to see the fight early in the morning on Sunday, January 2.
What channel is this and can it be streamed live?
- Fit.TV will show the fight in the UK.
- The program will cost $12.99 (£9.60) to watch.
- The fight is likely to kick off closer to 4am GMT.
Ortiz vs Martin Main Card
- Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin (12 Rounds – Heavyweight)
- Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron (10 Rounds – Heavyweight)
- Gerald Washington vs. Ali Aren Demirjean (10 Rounds – Heavyweight)
What has he said?
“I can’t wait to give my fans in South Florida a great show on New Year’s Day and earn another shot at the heavyweight title,” said ortizo,
“Charles Martin is a good fighter, but he stands in my way.
“The only thing on my mind is getting in the ring and making a big statement in this fight to show again why the heavyweight division is afraid of me.”
“Nobody wants to fight me, and nobody wants to fight Ortiz, so we’ll fight each other,” said Martin,
“I’m going to show the world why I deserve the title shot on January 1. I’ve paid my dues, and I want my belt back. Beating Ortiz is going to get me one step closer to that goal.” .
“To become a two-time heavyweight champion, I have to overtake Ortiz first, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”