Cuban Heavyweight Luis Oritz as previously reported will be fighting on December the tenth in Manchester on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina. The headline bout will be a defence of Anthony’s IBF heavyweight title.
Ortiz will face Doncaster’s Dave Allen on the bill in a bout which has been reportedly been in the works for a few weeks. Dave spoke to Matchroom Boxing when the announcement was made and had this to say:
“The day Eddie Hearn signed Luis Ortiz, I messaged him and said “I will fight him, stick me in with him!” said Allen. “I didn’t hold any fear of fighting him even before the Malik Scott fight. But that fight showed that the hype isn’t real. Ortiz isn’t Superman – I think he’s on the slide even though he’s undefeated.”
Luis Ortiz will be making his first appearance in a UK ring as a professional and spoke about his excitement of the prospect of facing Allen to Matchroom Boxing:
“I’m so excited to be boxing in the UK and it’s great to be keeping busy,” said Ortiz. “Monaco was a great experience for me and although the fight didn’t play out like I hoped I felt I learnt a lot.
“We looked at opponents for December 10 and we wanted someone who will come to fight for the fans. Dave Allen called the fight on and he’s got his wish. It’s great to be taking on a Brit in his backyard and I’m confident you will see the real Luis Ortiz in Manchester.”