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King Kong's Last Stand? The Interesting Path of Luis Ortiz at 44

Luis Ortiz, the Cuban heavyweight boxer, returned to the ring in a low-profile match. Ortiz returned to boxing at 44, defeating Francisco Cordero in Colombia. This win, his first since losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in September 2022, raises the question: Should Luis Ortiz keep boxing?


Luis Ortiz: 44 years old and still fighting, is it time to call it a day?
Luis Ortiz: 44 years old and still fighting, is it time to call it a day?

Ortiz's win over Cordero, a 37-year-old journeyman with three straight losses, may not seem impressive. It's significant for Ortiz, whose career seemed to be fading after recent losses. This fight, his first since 2022, raises the question: Does Luis Ortiz have more to offer boxing, or should he gracefully retire?


Ortiz's dilemma goes beyond age. At this stage of his career, entering the ring is risky but rewarding. Not to mention the fact that Ortiz is a risky opponent for elite heavyweights. Losing to a 44-year-old veteran, who undoubtedly remains dangerous, could ruin their career.

Andy Ruiz Jr vs Luis Ortiz
Luis Ortiz found himself stopped when facing Andy Ruiz Jr, is his time at the top done?

Age matters in heavyweight boxing. Ortiz, 44, faces a crossroads, haunted by his losses to Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. These career-defining losses overshadowed his recent win. They demonstrate the relentless march of time and its toll on even the strongest athletes.


Ortiz remains competitive. As "King Kong," he has persevered and refused to quit. His recent win over a lesser-known opponent shows he still has the skills and determination to compete. The question remains: Will heavyweight greats face him? Will Ortiz be relegated to "secret fights," his talents showcased off-stage?


The future is uncertain for Luis Ortiz. The boxing world wonders if the Cuban fighter will pursue glory in his twilight or retire, leaving behind a legacy of fierce battles and indomitable spirit. Life's toughest fights are often with oneself, like boxing. For Luis Ortiz, continuing is more than a choice; it's a reflection of a warrior's heart, still beating and desperate for the fight.


But does he still have a place in boxing or is his time up? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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