Luis Ortiz won a hard fought unanimous decision over Christian Hammer Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York. The wide scores weren’t indicative of how competitive most of the rounds of the Showtime televised bout actually were.
Hammer was a big underdog, and withstood numerous heavy punches while standing his ground and making it to the finish line.
The soon to be 40-year-old has now won three bouts in a row since his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Ortiz has been campaigning for a rematch to avenge his only career loss. He also has heard his name mentioned by WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua and at this stage of his career is looking for the biggest fights possible.
With Joshua set to fight Jarrell Miller in June and Wilder likely fighting his mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, lineal champion Tyson Fury may be his best bet for a big fight.
“I know my fans love to see me smash my opponents but this isn’t a video game, this isn’t Xbox. It’s real. You have to lace your gloves, strap your boots and exchange hard blows. You don’t play boxing,” Ortiz told BoxingScene.com.
“After going 10 full rounds with Hammer, I feel ready and able now more than ever for a Wilder rematch. If not Wilder, then bring me Joshua – because, I mean after all he did again say publicly he wanted to fight me.
If he says no again to my call out then bring me Tyson Fury. Let’s get some real fights for 2019. Let’s give the fans what they want.”