Luis Ortiz vs. Malik Scott Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/12/16
Scott vs. Ortiz
Boxing: Saturday, November 12, 2016 (Salle des Etoiles)
The Line: Scott +1100 / Ortiz -2000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott fight Saturday night in a boxing match at Salle des Etoiles for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a March win over Tony Thompson. Ortiz continues to produce at a high level despite being 37 years old and hasn’t really slowed down much during the process. Ortiz still hasn’t had a fight end in a decision since 2011 and is still the knockout king in the heavyweight division given his 81 percent knockout percentage. Ortiz is nicknamed King Kong for a reason, as his 6’4” frame and reach of 84 inches gives him huge advantages and helps create devastating power. It’s only a matter of time before Ortiz hits his opponent and when it happens, it’s usually a haymaker that changes everything. Ortiz only has a few notable names on his resume, but the results of his fights haven’t changed regardless. This will be Ortiz’s first fight in Monaco.
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Malik Scott enters this fight with a 38-2-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Scott has won three of his last four fights and is coming off a 2015 win over Tony Thompson. Scott seems to be getting back on track after suffering two recent losses and a split decision against Vyacheslav Glazkov. Scott is one of the better technical boxers in the heavyweight division, as he’s a terrific defender and doesn’t put himself in harm's way often. Scott has a good jab and overall does a very fine job of putting his punches together to win rounds. Scott is far from your typical heavyweight with overwhelming power, as he has just three knockouts over the last decade. However, much like Ortiz, Scott doesn’t exactly have the strongest resume in the world and his losses have come against the best fighters he’s faced. This is certainly a show and prove fight for Scott. This will be Scott’s first fight in Monaco.
Ortiz is possibly my favorite heavyweight boxer, as he may not be pretty all the time, but he’s effective and those power shots have broken down nearly every guy he’s stepped in the ring with. It’s not if he’s going to knock you out, it’s when. The concern with Scott is that he doesn’t have that same power to even the playing field and both of his losses have resulted in knockouts. Deontay Wilder and Ortiz are pretty much on the same level of power and the American lasted just one round in that bout.
This is a chance for Scott to really stamp his resume, but I just don’t see him getting through this battle. Look for Ortiz to remain undefeated after this bout.