Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/5/16
Tony Thompson vs. Luis Ortiz
Boxing: Saturday, March 5 2016 at 7:00 pm (DC Armory)
The Line: Tony Thompson +1700 / Luis Ortiz -3400 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Luis Ortiz and Tony Thompson fight Saturday night at the DC Armory for the WBA interim heavyweight title.
Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 24-0-2 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Bryant Jennings. Ortiz has the nickname The Real King Kong for a reason, as the 6’4” Cuban has insane power and has won nine of his last 11 fights by knockout. Ortiz is all power and muscle, and it’s usually only a matter of time before he gets going and eventually ends the fight. The concern for Ortiz remains the lack of respectable names on his resume, as he’s beaten up on a lot of no names throughout his career. This will be Ortiz third fight in the last five months. This will be Ortiz’s first fight in Washington.
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Tony Thompson enters this fight with a 40-6 record that includes 27 knockouts. Thompson has split his last eight fights and is coming off a October loss to Malik Scott. Thompson is still a pretty good boxer for being 44 years old, and his 81-inch reach allows him to keep his opponent at bay. Thompson has very underrated power and has a tested chin that’s lasted 16 years. Thompson, at 6’5”, is able to set up creative angles that create openings against smaller fighters that’s produced seven knockouts since 2009. The downside to Thompson is that he is up there in age and has been very inconsistent over the years. This is Thompson’s second fight in Washington, his home state.
Due to Thompson’s height, reach and experience, he should not be overlooked. Thompson is no pushover and is capable of landing that one punch that changes the outcome of the fight. However, Ortiz is simply a monster who has proven his power over and over again, and he’s shown little signs of slowing down.
Look for The Real King Kong to remain unbeaten.