Through Huck Allen: Next Saturday, January 1, FOX Sports PPV will put on an attractive heavyweight-filled card with former two-time world title challenger Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz facing former IBF champion Charles Martin at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. Cost of the Ortiz vs.Martin event: $ 39.99 à la carte.
The organizers of the Ortiz-Martin card have put together an exciting collection of five heavyweight fights with excellent talent.
Ortiz vs Martin is an IBF heavyweight title elimination bout with the winner being made mandatory for IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk. With any luck, Anthony Joshua could reclaim his IBF title with a victory over Usyk next April.
Joshua’s victory could potentially get the winner of Ortiz-Martin a big payday if AJ holds onto his title long enough to defend against either of those two aging heavyweights.
Luis Ortiz might be too much for Martin
42-year-old Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs) has fought twice for the world titles against former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, losing both fights by KO. However, Ortiz caused Deontay a lot of trouble in both competitions and at times outscored the Alabama native.
Since losing his rematch to Deontay by seventh-round knockout in November 2019, Ortiz has rebounded with a first-round knockout victory over Alexander Flores in November 2020.
Yes, it’s an odd date to stage a fight card, especially one in which boxing fans are going to be asked to buy it on a pay-per-view basis, but the competition will be non-existent. If fans don’t have a New Year’s Eve hangover too much, they might be willing to shell out the $ 39.99 to order the Ortiz vs. Martin.
Has Charles Martin improved?
Five years ago, Charles Martin, 35, briefly held the IBF heavyweight title after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov by third round knockout in a bout. The Ukrainian suffered a weird leg injury who interrupted the fight prematurely. Interestingly, Glazkov will never fight again after suffering the defeat.
In Martin’s first defense of his IBF title, he traveled to London, England and was knocked out in two rounds by 2012 British Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in April 2016 .
Since that loss, Martin has won five of his last six fights, with his only loss coming to Poland’s Adam Kownacki in a narrow 10-round unanimous decision loss in September 2019.
Martin’s victories came against these low level fighters:
- Gerald Washington
- Gregory Corbin
- Byron polley
- Michel Brown
- Daniel Martz
Given the low level opposition Charles Martin has faced since his loss to Joshua, it is not easy to determine if he has improved in the past five years. We know Martin is older at 35, but we don’t know if he’s necessarily better than the fighter Joshua destroyed in two rounds.
Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron in co-feature
Also on the Ortiz-Martin card, undefeated # 5 WBO heavyweight contender, # 6 WBC Frank Sanchez (19-0, 13 KOs) will face lanky 6’6 ″ 2008 Olympian Carlos Negron (25-3, 20 KOs )) in a 10 round scheduled chief support fight.
34-year-old Puerto Rican Negron has won his last five fights since losing to Dominic Breazeale and Brian Howard.
For his part, undefeated 29-year-old Frank Sanchez from Cuba has just won a unilateral unanimous 10-round victory over big punch Efe Ajagba on October 9 on Tyson Fury’s undercard against Deontay Wilder. 3 in Las Vegas.
Sanchez and Negron share a familiar opponent in Brain Howard, to whom Carlos lost and Frank recently destroyed.
Known for his skillful fighting style, Sanchez scored victories over Nagy Aguilera, Julian Fernandez, Joey Dawejko and Victor Bisbal.
Undercard Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin:
- Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron
- Jonathan Rice vs. Michael Coffie
- Gerald Washington vs. Ali Eren Demirezen
- Viktor Vykhryst vs. Iago Kiladze