Former interim WBA World heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (31-1-0) defeated the German Christian Hammer (24-6-0) in front of a massive crowd Barclays Center in New York.
The Cuban won via UD, but the fight wasn’t a walk in the park. Hammer showed toughness and relentless until the very last seconds of the fight. Ortiz was more active and he was pressing his opponent during the whole 10 rounds, but there were no knock downs.
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The 39-year-old southpaw showcased once again his good jab, managing to land some big combinations behind it. Hammer was relying mostly on his counter body shots, but there was no way that he could win that fight with such a game plan. The European was eating some mean left headshots and if there was some belt on the line, the fight would probably ended earlier.
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The three judges scored the fight 99-91, 100-90 and 99-91. After his hand was raised, Ortiz issued a warning towards Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
— Round By Round Boxing (@RBRBoxing) March 3, 2019
“Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40,” the Cuban stated after the fight. “Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready. I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work, so I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out. I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.”