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Luis Ortiz
"King Kong"









Luis Ortiz: The Heavyweight Contender Known as "King Kong" Luis Ortiz is a professional boxer from Cuba. Born on March 29, 1979, Ortiz has had an impressive career spanning over a decade. He made his professional debut in February 2010, defeating Lamar Davis via 1st round TKO. Ortiz is known for his formidable punching power and counterpunching skills, and he is nicknamed "King Kong". As of November 2021, he is ranked as the world's eighth-best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Career Summary Ortiz has fought a total of 38 times in his professional boxing career so far. He has won 33 of these fights, with 28 wins coming via knockout. He has suffered three losses, two of them in title bouts, and he has been stopped twice. Ortiz has never had a draw, and he has had only two no-contests. Ortiz won his first world title at the age of 31 when he defeated Kendrick Releford for the vacant WBC heavyweight world title on August 24, 2010. He defended his title once against Luis Andrés Pineda in June 2011, winning via 6th round KO to retain the WBC heavyweight title. Ortiz has had some notable victories throughout his career, including wins over Alexander Flores, Charles Martin, David Allen, Frank Mola, Arron Lyons, and Byron Polley. Ortiz suffered his first loss against the undefeated Deontay Wilder on March 3, 2018, via 10th round TKO. This loss ended his 28-fight win streak. Ortiz's most recent fight was a non-title bout against Andy Ruiz on September 4, 2022, which he lost via unanimous decision after 12 rounds. Ortiz is currently on a one-fight losing streak. His professional boxing record is 33-3. Career Highlights Ortiz has had three career highlights so far. In August 2010, Ortiz won his first world title by defeating Kendrick Releford via 8th round unanimous decision to become the WBC heavyweight world champion. In June 2011, Ortiz won the heavyweight title from Luis Andrés Pineda, beating Pineda via 6th round KO. Ortiz's third career highlight came in January 2022, when he defeated Charles Martin via 6th round TKO. Early Career Ortiz made his debut as a professional boxer in February 2010, at the age of 30. He defeated Lamar Davis via 1st round TKO in a scheduled 4-round bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Ortiz won his second professional fight on June 15, 2010, against 39-year-old Charles Davis, also at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Ortiz won via TKO in round 4. In his third pro fight, Ortiz claimed the vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title against 28-year-old Kendrick Releford (22–13–2, (10 KOs) on August 24, 2010. Ortiz won the fight via 8 round unanimous decision (80–72, 79–72, and 79–72), with Releford being knocked down once in round 2. Ortiz won his next two bouts via eighth-round stoppage against Zack Page and Francisco Álvarez (12–1, 10 KO), improving his record to 5 wins in as many fights, with 4 coming within the distance. Ortiz fought against Rubén Rivera (3–5, 1 KO) on January 28, 2011, at the Double Tree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Rivera was deducted two points in round 4 and then disqualified in round 5 for repeated low blows. Ortiz fought twice in April, first defeating Jerry Butler via third-round TKO and then knocking out former world title challenger Bert Cooper (38–22, 31 KOs) within 2 rounds. Ortiz then fought 27-year-old Corey Winfield (4–7, 2 KOs) in May at the Rec Center in Wilson, North Carolina. Ortiz won the bout via knockout in round 3. Ortiz fought against 36-year-old Jason Barnett (12-13, 6 KOs) on June 3, 2011, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. He won the bout via first-round TKO, knocking Barnett down twice. Ortiz fought two weeks later on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Kassim Ouma middleweight title fight at the Arena Roberto Durán in Panama. He fought against former cruiserweight world title challenger Luis Andres Pineda (22-9-1, 18 KOs) for the WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title and the vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title. Ortiz won the bout, stopping Pineda in round 6. Ortiz defended the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title against Henry Saenz (22–8–1, 18 KOs) on July 16, 2011, at the Gimnasio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica. He won the fight via third-round TKO. In February 2012, Ortiz fought against 36-year-old Epifanio Mendoza (32–13–1, 28 KOs) at the Community Center in Florida for the vacant WBO and WBC Latino heavyweight titles in a scheduled 10-round fight. Ortiz won the fight in round 7 after Mendoza was disqualified for an intentional low blow. Regional Success Towards the end of October 2012, Ortiz fought three times in the space of 18 days in the Dominican Republic. He knocked out Jose Santos Peralta in 2 minutes and 24 seconds of round 1, beat debutant Juan Carlos Antonio Maldonado via

Luis Ortiz Fight Record

# Date Age Opponent Result Via
38 Sep 4, 2022 43 Andy Ruiz Loss UD
37 Jan 1, 2022 42 Charles Martin Win TKO6
36 Nov 7, 2020 41 Alexander Flores Win KO1
35 Nov 23, 2019 40 Deontay Wilder Loss KO7
34 Mar 2, 2019 39 Christian Hammer Win UD
33 Dec 1, 2018 39 Travis Kauffman Win TKO10
32 Jul 28, 2018 39 Răzvan Cojanu Win TKO2
31 Mar 3, 2018 38 Deontay Wilder Loss TKO10
30 Dec 8, 2017 38 Daniel Martz Win KO2
29 Dec 10, 2016 37 David Allen Win TKO7
28 Nov 12, 2016 37 Malik Scott Win UD
27 Mar 5, 2016 36 Tony Thompson Win KO6
26 Dec 19, 2015 36 Bryant Jennings Win TKO7
25 Oct 17, 2015 36 Matías Ariel Vidondo Win KO3
24 Jun 20, 2015 36 Byron Polley Win TKO1
23 Sep 11, 2014 35 Lateef Kayode NC TKO1
22 Apr 3, 2014 35 Monte Barrett Win KO4
21 Nov 26, 2013 34 Álex Gonzales Win KO1
20 Jul 20, 2013 34 Joseph Rabotte NC KO3
19 Nov 16, 2012 33 Santiago de Paula Win TKO4
18 Nov 9, 2012 33 Juan Carlos Antonio Maldonado Win TKO1
17 Sep 30, 2012 33 José Santos Peralta Win KO1
16 May 26, 2012 33 Walter Palacios Win TKO2
15 Feb 10, 2012 32 Epifanio Mendoza Win DQ
14 Nov 25, 2011 32 Frank Mola Win RTD2
13 Aug 12, 2011 32 Arron Lyons Win RTD7
12 Jul 30, 2011 32 Henry Sáenz Win TKO3
11 Jun 17, 2011 32 Luis Andrés Pineda Win KO6
10 Jun 3, 2011 32 Jason Barnett Win KO1
9 May 21, 2011 32 Corey Winfield Win KO3
8 Apr 23, 2011 32 Bert Cooper Win TKO2
7 Apr 2, 2011 32 Jerry Butler Win TKO3
6 Jan 28, 2011 31 Rubén Rivera Win DQ
5 Dec 7, 2010 31 Francisco Álvarez Win TKO8
4 Sep 19, 2010 31 Zack Page Win TKO8
3 Aug 24, 2010 31 Kendrick Releford Win UD
2 Jun 15, 2010 31 Charles Davis Win TKO4
1 Feb 16, 2010 30 Lamar Davis Win TKO1