The Two Gentleman of Verona

By Robert Ecksel on December 14, 2015
The Two Gentleman of Verona
Win, lose, or draw, it looks Luis Ortiz has every intention of living up to his nickname.

Saturday night in Verona, New York, interim WBA World heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz gets it on with late bloomer Bryant “By-By” Jennings…

“A man I am, cross’d with adversity.”—The Two Gentleman of Verona (William Shakespeare)

With his third round demolition of Matias Ariel Vidondo on the Golovkin-Lemieux undercard at Madison Square Garden, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs), the undefeated slugger from Miami, Florida, by way of Camaguey, Cuba, punched his way out of obscurity into the hearts and minds of fight fans.

On Saturday, December 19, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, in the second defense of the interim WBA World heavyweight title he won from Lateef Kayode in 2014, Ortiz gets it on with late bloomer Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs), the Energizer Bunny fighting out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It appears that the up and down career of Luis Ortiz is up again and if he can defeat Bryant Jennings, who acquitted admirably in April in a losing effort against former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Fury and Wilder will be put on notice.

“He had a great desire to win and be the champion,” Klitschko told HBO’s Max Kellerman after the fight with Jennings. “He was even talking in the rounds and trying to make it like Ali-Frazier. He gave me a great challenge.”

Ortiz’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, was beside himself at the prospect of Ortiz fighting Jennings.

“What a terrific heavyweight showdown,” he said. “He’s determined, motivated, he wants to be great and wants to take on all comers. People love that matchup and he loves it. This fight here with Jennings is a perfect heavyweight fight and a perfect test.”

Perfect tests are what Ortiz is all about, but the same can be said about Bryant Jennings.

“This is Ortiz’s first real fight as a professional,” he said. “He has a long amateur career. I have a long professional career. This guy hasn’t seen a real fighter like me yet. He’s confident but a little too confident. He doesn’t understand what he is up against. He has to humble himself because it is going to be an embarrassment. I am prepared to knock him out. I am standing my ground. I will have him crying in the ring. It is going to be real difficult for him to get over this. I’m going to fight and give my all. I am going to shut him down on December 19.”

Those are fighting words, which just so happens to be the kinds of words Luis Ortiz likes hearing best.

“The people will know who is coming for the number one spot. I didn’t come here from Cuba to sit and do nothing. I came here to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Every fight is important, but this is the most important fight of my career so far. I am prepared to stop Jennings. I am a boxer-puncher and will knock him out. Of course I have what it takes to beat competitors like Fury and Wilder. I’m ready and able to do what I have to do. I want to bring the belts back to the United States and become the unified heavyweight world champion. Me and Klitschko are nothing alike. I hit much harder.”

It won’t be easy getting Jennings out of there, but win, lose, or draw, it looks Luis Ortiz has every intention of living up to his nickname.

Luis Ortiz vs.Bryant Jennings will be televised live on HBO starting at 10:15 PM ET/PT.

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  1. AkT 11:01am, 12/15/2015

    tough one to call - but Id says its even until the middle rounds, and then By-By either KOs Ortiz or decisions him.

    25% of all your winnings isn’t too much to ask, is it?

  2. Koolz 10:25am, 12/15/2015

    I like Ortiz and I see Ortiz winning this fight on Saterday.

  3. Eric 05:32am, 12/15/2015

    Tyson Fury is the heavyweight champion, not James Wilder and certainly not this guy.

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