For some time now, people have been hyping Luis “King Kong” Ortiz as a serious title contender. I never thought that he was that special, and he did nothing to change my mind when he fought Malik Scott to a unanimous decision victory this past weekend.
Boxing pundits became enamored with Luis Ortiz about a year ago when he stopped Bryant Jennings in round seven. Jennings lost a unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko before facing Ortiz, which made Ortiz’s victory appear more impressive than it really was. Bryant tried to trade with a bigger, stronger opponent. He lost the fight because he chose the wrong strategy.
But after knocking out Bryant, boxing experts started anointing Ortiz as a type five contender in the heavyweight division, which I thought was premature. Ortiz looked sloppy against Tony Thompson when they fought in March. Thompson, at 45 years old, was far removed from his prime when he stepped in the ring against Ortiz. He looked fat and out of shape, and he barely attempted to throw any punches. Ortiz should have knocked him out inside of three rounds, but it took him until the seventh to accomplish that task.
Many thought that Ortiz could take out Malik Scott in one round, but that didn’t happen. Scott clumsily backpedaled for 12 rounds, rarely offering up any offense. Ortiz was frustrated by a C-level fighter. That doesn’t bode well for Ortiz. He showed me that he lacks a substantial boxing IQ.
Luis Ortiz might have elite power, but he lacks the skill to implement that power. He did it against Bryant Jennings, but I doubt that he could do it against a boxer like Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua considering he couldn’t do it against Malik Scott.