Luis Ortiz, 42, could fight Filip Hrgovic to decide the IBF mandatory challenger to Oleksandr Usyk | Boxing News

Luis Ortiz was challenged to a match by Filip Hrgovic to decide who will have a chance for the world title against Oleksandr Usyk.

Ortiz, the 42-year-old Cuban contender, jumped off the floor twice on Saturday night to explosively KO former champion ‘Prince’ Charles Martin.

Martin and Hrgovic were ranked at No. 1 and n. 2 from the IBF prior to Ortiz’s brutal reminder of his own threat.

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Ortiz KO’d Charles Martin

“Ortiz has to fight Hrgovic if he is to make the final elimination,” said Hrgovic’s promoters, the Sauerlands.

Hrgovic warned: “Ortiz will freeze for my punches!

“My power will send him to take a cold shower.”

Charles Martin Luis Ortiz
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Ortiz has re-emerged as a major heavyweight threat

A final eliminator would decide the mandatory challenger for the belt currently held by Usyk.

Usyk is expected to defend the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

Ortiz has challenged the WBC title twice in the past but was knocked out on both occasions by Deontay Wilder.

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Ortiz recovered from the blows twice

They are the only two defeats in the southpaw’s 37-fight career.

Hrgovic is undefeated in 14 and was frustrated in his search for an opponent for a final elimination fight.

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