Undefeated heavyweight contender, Luis Ortiz, has signed a deal with the reknowned advisor, Al Haymon.
In the past 12 months, Ortiz has fought under both the Golden Boy and Matchroom promotional banners.
Ortiz started 2016 as a Golden Boy fighter but was released from his contract just months after stopping Tony Thompson in March.
Once a free agent, Ortiz was promptly snapped up by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport. At the time, many presumed such a move by Hearn indicated that we would see a clash between Ortiz and IBF Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua. However, such a fight never materialised, and instead, Ortiz competed in two rather lacklustre affairs while under the Matchroom banner – one against Malik Scott and the other against Dave Allen.
While Ortiz may be keen to put the past 12 months behind him, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Cuban heavyweight. He is, after all, the mandatory challenger for the currently vacant WBA heavyweight title.
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will slug it out for the WBA title along with the IBF and WBO titles on April 29th when they meet at Wembley.
So, Ortiz could end up fighting the winner of Joshua vs. Klitschko for the WBA title. However, the winner of Joshua vs. Klitschko will have more than one mandatory challenger and may choose to face the IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, instead.
Whatever the case may be, under the long arm of Al Haymon, Luis Ortiz now has a number of options available to him in the heavyweight division.