Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin Preview

Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin Preview

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Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin Preview

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Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1 in a heavyweight clash at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. This bout will be the main event of an all-heavyweight pay-per-view card under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

The heavyweight bout will close out four other heavyweight bouts on the main card. The main event features two top heavyweight contenders who have experience fighting in championship bouts. Between Ortiz and Martin, they have 65 combined fights between them as professional boxers. That is a lot of experience for two heavyweights on a big stage.

Ortiz (32-2 record, 27 KOs) vanquished his last opponent, Alexander Flores, via knockout in the first round of their November 2020 bout. Ortiz did not compete in 2021 and he will look to start a two-fight winning streak after Saturday’s bout against Martin.

In his prime, Ortiz was viewed as the boogeyman of boxing’s heavyweight division. He was a name that many top heavyweights avoided until former WBC champion Deontay Wilder fought him twice. Wilder finished Ortiz in both contests, but Ortiz showed his boxing skills, as well as his power against Wilder. Those two losses to Wilder set Ortiz back a bit but he is still in striking distance of another title opportunity.

Ortiz, 42-years-old, remains in tremendous shape and can pose a threat to many heavyweights in 2022. He still has gas left in the tank to make another run at a heavyweight championship.

For Ortiz’s opponent, Martin, he is in a similar spot. Martin’s last fight was in February 2020 against Gerald Washington on the undercard of Tyson Fury-Wilder I. Martin defeated Washington via a sixth-round TKO. That fight kept Martin alive in the heavyweight running.

Martin, the former IBF world heavyweight champion, has not fought for a world title since he lost his belt to Anthony Joshua in April 2016. That second-round stoppage loss to Joshua was Martin’s first title defense. Since then, it has been a grueling climb back to the top of the mountain for Martin.

Martin started boxing in his early 20s, but he is an extremely athletic heavyweight with a sizable amount of power. Martin has the power to hurt Ortiz, especially with his ability to extend punches. On the other hand, Martin was stopped only once in his career by Joshua. Ortiz has the power to finish Martin for the first time in nearly six years.

The playing field is balanced given the fact that both men have not competed in a sanctioned bout since 2020. Ortiz fought during the pandemic, while Martin fought two weeks before the pandemic began in the U.S.

This will be a solid card that will feature a rising heavyweight prospect in Frank Sanchez in the co-feature bout. Sanchez (19-0 record, 13 KOs) could be a future opponent of either Ortiz or Martin depending on his result against Carlos Negron. Washington will open the pay-per-view against Ali Eren Demirezen in a 10-round match.

Some would question why this is a pay-per-view card instead of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX card, but there is a market for heavyweight boxing at a reasonable price point of $39.99. Boxing will look to carry its momentum from 2021 into the New Year with an action-packed heavyweight pay-per-view card.

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