The year 2022 is off to a strong start as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Presents Pay-Per-View (PPV) Boxing Programming, Featuring Veteran Cuban Heavyweight In Grand Final Luis Ortiz (32-2-0, 27 KOs) and the former IBF heavyweight world champion, the American Charles Martin (28-2-1, 25 KOs).
This 12-round duel between the two left-handed heavyweights will take place on January 1, 2022, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in the city of Hollywood, Florida, and will air on FOX pay-per-view in America.
Ortiz played his last fight in November 2020 when he put Alexander Flores KO in just 45 seconds.
Martin meanwhile delivered his last duel in February 2020 when he stopped Gerald Washington in the 6th round.
The Cuban boxer Ortiz take on the role of favorite with odds of -350 (for a bet of $ 350 you have a chance to win an extra $ 100), while Martin has underdog status with odds of +250 (each $ 100 bet could net you a total of $ 250).
The left-handed boxer, Ortiz, 42, had a long career in the amateur ranks before moving to the pros in 2010. He has since amassed a professional 32-2-0 record with 27 knockouts.
Ortiz is a skilful, talented, experienced, cunning pugilist, endowed with a good “fight IQ”.
He takes great pleasure in taking advantage of the mistakes of his rivals by placing his right hook or his heavy left hand with a very good weight transfer against.
Ortiz has a habit of taking the center of the ring, dictating the pace of the fight. However, as the fight progresses, he has a tendency at times to be overconfident and neglect his defense.
In this regard, this reckless side of Ortiz or in other words his lack of caution was fatal to him in his two defeats by KO suffered against the American puncher Deontay Wilder. Ortiz had taken too many risks by exposing himself repeatedly in the danger zone.
Since he is getting older, Ortiz, who, however, has a fairly reliable chin, has no interest in launching a blow-for-blow war with his opponent Martin, of the fact that he can benefit from his good boxing science.
The American Martin, 35 years old, standing 6 feet 5 inches tall with a reach of 80 inches (or 2 inches more than Ortiz), was momentarily IBF World Champion in 2016 after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov who was forced to retire in the 3rd round after suffering a serious knee injury; injury that ended his career.
In his first title defense, Martin was quit by british star Anthony Joshua in the 2nd round. This duel showed several flaws in the American’s boxing.
Against adversaries who pose a certain danger, Martin is a “slow starter”. He lets his opponents dictate the pace of the fight due to the fact that he’s technically limited.
Martin does not have fast hands besides having a low volume of punches, a porous defense, an increasingly deficient footwork as the fight progresses, and he also tends to have a drop energy early in the fight.
On the other hand, Martin can pose some danger early in a fight as he has a respectable strike force, and he does not appear to be worn out by age.
“King Kong” Ortiz has already shown that he belongs to the elite of the heavyweight division in his two fights with the American puncher Deontay Wilder which has found him in difficulty at times.
Even though he was stopped every time by Wilder, Ortiz showed he has dynamite in his punches. The Cuban can endanger any heavyweight with his fists. His advanced age for a pugilist is certainly a factor to consider, but so far he hasn’t shown too much signs of slowing down.
“Prince” Martin should not be underestimated. He also has power in his strikes but he doesn’t seem to have the boxing attributes to be of great concern. Ortiz.
Prediction: Luis Ortiz by knockout
Prediction Card: 11-2