Ortiz Leaves Golden Boy, But Will This Open Doors?

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By Brandon Stubbs

 

The business of boxing can be ugly and confusing at times, we got another case of that this week.

The newest victim of the game is Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. Rumors had been bubbling that Ortiz wasn’t the happiest with his promoter Golden Boy Promotions. Even with that, it was announced that he would defend his WBA Interim Heavyweight title on the Sept. 17 pay per view card of Golden Boy’s top star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Ortiz was set to face Alexander Ustinov for the belt, but the fight will have to wait.

Ortiz and his team were not happy with money Golden Boy was offering for the fight, he pulled out.  Instead of crumbling to the pressure, Golden Boy countered Ortiz with the option of either sitting on the shelf to lord knows when or buying out the remaining of contract. Ortiz picked the ladder and bought out the remaindered of his promotional contract with Golden Boy.

Golden Boy would only say the following in regards to the split.  “Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions. “We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together culminating in his WBA Heavyweight Interim Championship victory and subsequent title defenses. We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”

For the time being Ortiz will still face Ustinov but now it is schedule for Nov. 19 after promoter, World Boxing won the purse bid.

Luis Ortiz is one of the few ranked heavyweights who isn’t from Europe or managed Al Haymon. With Luis being as skilled as he is caused a lot of people to duck him and being promoted by Golden Boy didn’t help things with the politics in boxing.

But with him being free and clear it will be interesting to see how quick and easy he can land a major bout. He would he in for Tyson Fury as Fury is the full WBA champion but he is currently in murky situation  Wladimir Klitschko as a their rematch loom. WBC champ Deontay Wilder is shelf the rest of this year due to arm/shoulder surgery. The other champion Anthony Joshua will probably be kept away from him as well as his promoter Eddie Hern continue to build him up for a big bout with Wilder hopefully next. And a bulk of the other top ten heavyweight either have fights booked or waiting to see how Fury/Klitschko rematch plans play out.

 

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