Luis Ortiz will face Charles Martin on a FOX Sports pay-per-view on January 1.
The promotion announced that five heavyweight matchups take center stage on a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View on New Year’s Day live from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the main event, Ortiz takes on Martin in a highly-anticipated fight.
Ortiz and Martin are set to fight in a 12-round IBF heavyweight title eliminator. The co-main event sees unbeaten rising star, Frank Sanchez taking on Carlos Negron in a 10-round fight. The pay-per-view card kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, while the card will also see Jonnie Rice and Michael Coffie have their rematch, Gerald Washington taking on Ali Eren Demirezen and Viktor Faust facing Iago Kiladze to open the PPV card.
“Heavyweight boxing is always must-see, and we’ll be kicking off the new year with nothing but titanic sluggers looking to impress in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View showdowns,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “This is a stacked lineup of fights available for fans at an affordable price of $39.99. Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin are both amongst the top of the heavyweight contender ladder and will be able to solidify their position for a world title shot with a win on January 1. One of the most active rising heavyweights, Frank Sanchez will return to action after a career-best victory in October for a tough duel against Carlos Negron. With five fights in all, the duels will take place live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.”
The fight between Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin is an intriguing one. Both men have proven to be among the best heavyweights and Ortiz plans to make a statement in this scrap.
“I can’t wait to give my fans in South Florida a great show on New Year’s Day and earn another shot at the heavyweight title,” said Ortiz. “Charles Martin is a good fighter, but he’s standing in my way. The only thing on my mind is getting in the ring and making a big statement in this fight to show again why I’m feared by the heavyweight division.”
Martin, meanwhile, says no one wants to fight him and Ortiz so it only made sense for them to fight one another.
“Nobody wants to fight me and nobody wants to fight Ortiz, so we’ll fight each other,” said Martin. “I’m going to show the world on January 1 why I deserve a title shot. I’ve paid my dues and I want my belt back. Beating Ortiz is going to get me one step closer to that goal. In order to become two-time heavyweight champion, I have to get past Ortiz first, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Who do you think will win, Luis Ortiz or Charles Martin?