October 9th 2018: By Aaron Cooper.
FightZoneNews.com has learned that Luis Ortiz is willing to accept an offer to fight Dillian Whyte on December 22nd.
The WBC world silver heavyweight champion had been thought to be deep in negotiations to fight former foe and London heavyweight rival, Dereck Chisora.
However. Both Whyte and Ortiz have engaged in a war of words over the last few weeks.
“I offered to fight Ortiz years ago, but he didn’t want to know. He didn’t even want to know this summer and asked for silly money coming off his knockout loss to Wilder, and made it clear that he wouldn’t be ready for July 28, which was the date we had available,”
“Funnily enough it didn’t stop him fighting someone else on that day.” ‘The Bodysnatcher’ claimed.
An enraged Ortiz responded by offering to fight Whyte on the Wilder vs Fury undercard in Los Angeles on December 1st.
“Listen here young man. There is a spot open on this Wilder-Fury card, so why don’t you strap your nuts on and come face me, so I can show you a good ass whooping son,” said Ortiz.
Whyte taking to social media only to say ““We can go Dec(ember) 22.”
The December 22nd date is a lock for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing as they prepare to go head to head with rival, Frank Warren. Warren’s main event that night is Josh Warrington’s maiden IBF world featherweight title defense against stablemate, Carl Frampton. A Whyte/Chisora rematch would no doubt be lucrative. Many fans have been crying out for a rematch since the two first shared a ring in December 2016. Whyte being awarded a close victory in a fight many thought he had lost.
Ortiz, who was beaten in his challenge for the WBC world heavyweight title by Deontay Wilder in ten rounds in March told BoxingScene.
“After much thought and consideration I accept your challenge. If you won’t come down to USA then I’ll step off the Wilder-Fury card and fly over to the UK and fight you in your own backyard,”
“Done deal. Enough talking that rubbish you speak. Send over the contract and I’m there. Now you’ve got yourself a real problem son. So now what are you gonna do?”
Whyte is on something of a high. Claiming eight wins since his seventh-round knockout defeat to unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua back in December 2015. His last three fights have seen him claim wins over Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne and more recently, former WBO world heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker.
Whyte vs Ortiz … lets get it!