The Real King Kong vs. Godzilla

By Robert Ecksel on February 8, 2016
The Real King Kong vs. Godzilla
“If I fought the guys Ortiz fought, I'd be undefeated too.” (Jeff Zornow/Deviant Art)

It was beginning to look like all was lost, until Tony Thompson , coincidentally a DC resident, decided to step up to the plate…

With a March 5 date at the DC Armory looming, it hasn’t been easy finding someone willing to get it on with interim WBA World heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs), the undefeated southpaw from Miami, Florida, by way of Camaguey, Cuba. 

Alexander Dimitrenko was supposed to be the opponent, but the Russian pulled a fast one, first by being impossible to reach, then by holding the promotion hostage with a last minute demand for more money.

Ortiz’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, called it a “stick up” but failed to call the cops. Maybe they were too busy trying to find someone to fight “King Kong” to dial 911.

Several heavyweights were contacted and offered the fight, including Andy Ruiz, Alexander Ustinov, Carlos Takam, Andrey Fedosov, and former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. But a nice payday and showcase on HBO Boxing After Dark wasn’t enough to lure any of them into the ring to tangle with Luis Ortiz.

Things had gotten so bad that even Sam Peter, who hasn’t fought in two years, was being considered. It was beginning to look like all was lost, until Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs), coincidentally a DC resident, decided to step up to the plate.

Thompson is a credible opponent, especially for a non-title bout, but at 40 years old and having lost four of his last eight fights, few expect him to win. But everyone expects he will go down swinging.

“This fight is just another stepping stone on my path to becoming the unified heavyweight world champion,” said Ortiz. “I came to the United States to chase my American Dream and fighting at the nation’s capital is a dream come true. My life is coming full circle, and I know that this fight will put me a step closer to achieving everything I have worked so hard for in my career.”

After stopping Bryant Jennings in his last fight, King Kong is suddenly on everyone’s radar. A few more fights and he’ll be ready for the likes of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who may or may not be ready for him.

But first there’s Tony Thompson, who looks to testing the knockout artist from Cuba.

“I’m happy to be back on HBO fighting for another world title,” Thompson said. “If you look at my competition and his, it’s not even close. This isn’t the amateurs. I’m going to use my experience as a professional to take him places he’s never been. Odlanier Solis was a great Cuban amateur but he was also an Olympic Gold Medalist, and I beat him twice. Ortiz thinks he has it tough. I’ve been avoided for my entire career. Just about all my fights have been on short notice and in foreign countries. If I fought the guys Ortiz fought, I’d be undefeated too. If Ortiz is King Kong, I’m Godzilla; Godzilla coming to whoop some ass!”

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  1. Koolz 06:00pm, 02/09/2016

    The first thing we know about this fight is Tony the Tiger cannot make it to 12 rounds with out gassing out.
      Ortiz will probably KO him around the seventh round.  I can’t even see anything Tony can do here to stop Ortiz.
    I am glad the fight was made I look forward to see how long The Gate Keeper can stay up in the ring against King Kong.

  2. Eric 06:43am, 02/09/2016

    Why is Kong the color of an orangutan with white patches on his chest, hands and feet?

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