Malik Scott: I’ll Hand First Loss To King Kong Ortiz
American Heavyweight Believes Beating Ortiz Can Be The Springboard To World Titles!
Knockout machine Luis “King Kong” Ortiz is one of the most exciting fighters in the tradition-rich heavyweight division. Now, he makes his first ring appearance across the Atlantic when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: LUIS ORTIZ VS. MALIK SCOTT is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 12 at 4:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, with an evening replay at 11:05 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
MALIK “KING” SCOTT (38-2-1, 13 KO’s), says that his best years are still to come – and he’ll prove that by handing a first loss to dangerous Heavyweight “KING” LUIS ORTIZ (25-0, 22 KO’s), when they clash in Monte-Carlo this Saturday night, November 12 live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US (4:00 p.m. ET/PT). ORTIZ vs. SCOTT is presented by Matchroom Boxing in association with TGB Promotions.
American Scott recorded impressive back-to-back wins over Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson in his last two outings to get in the frame for a big-time outing, bouncing back from a first round loss to Deontay Wilder back in March 2014.
Ortiz has been dubbed the most avoided Heavyweight on the planet, but Scott insists that this is a fight he’s wanted and the Philadelphian believes that beating Ortiz can be the springboard to him winning World titles, not ‘King Kong’ Ortiz.
“I don’t want people to get the wrong end of the stick – I picked to fight Luis Ortiz,” said Scott. “People have crowned him as the next king of the Heavyweight division, so that’s the kind of guy I want.”
“Is he the most feared? Anyone will fight him but for the right amount of money. He’s a 6ft 4in Cuban southpaw – he’s got a hell of a pedigree, he can fight and he’s dangerous – but that makes me want to fight him. I gravitate to risks like this, because the rewards out there are huge.”
“I went to Australia and beat Leapai, I came home to beat Thompson who had just beat Odlanier Solis, another guy that had been hyped. People said that Thompson would beat me, I gave him a clinic. Ortiz is dangerous, but a punch at Heavyweight can change everything. He doesn’t know what it’s like to sit on the shelf and wait for a fight, get messed around by opponents. I am just as hungry as he is.”