ORTUZ-MARTIN IS SOLID CO-FEATURE FOR DISTURBING MAIN EVENT MISMATCH
Press Release: Cruiserweight Dimar "Strongman" Ortuz is in heavy preparations for his next bout on Thanksgiving Eve at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The 31-year-old Ortuz (5-0) waged a battle against then-undefeated Donta Woods, grinding Woods down and dropping him twice in an eight-round thriller. Now he is back in the same venue, taking on UFC veteran and fellow Chicago native, Terry Martin (5-0).
"He called me out!" explained Ortuz of the dangerous match-up. "I heard through everybody that he wanted this, so it's on. I don't back down from any challenge."
Ortuz, who took eight years off boxing after winning the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2002, has had an added obstacle to face in preparation for this fight. "I tore my calf muscle about three weeks ago which took me out for a week and a half. I'm slowly getting back into the pace of it, building up cardio to make up for the time I spent off. I'm also doing a lot more running up and down stairs, rebuilding the strength in my calf. I'll be fine."
Ortuz says he and Martin are former sparring partners and although he is careful to never seem arrogant, when asked who got the better he replied: "I know he's got a hard hook and a good inside game and he holds a lot, but I present a difficult style to a lot of fighters. A lot of guys have difficulty sparring me. Put it that way."
Ortuz intended to relocate to New York City, but had such a great experience at the Horseshoe in his last fight, he's decided to postpone.
"I sat down and talked to Bobby (Hitz) about leaving and what he can do for me, and I decided to give Bobby a shot and test the waters. If I don't have to go far from home to fight as much as I want, why go? New York was an option because they had fights scheduled for me throughout the year and I'm looking to fight around eight times a year. Bobby does lots of shows, so he can probably keep me busy."
A hard-nosed throwback type of fighter who brings relentless pressure, Ortuz says he's not sure how the fight will unfold.
"My trainer, Sam Colonna, was also Terry's trainer, so that's an advantage. We've been working on a game plan. Sam knows a lot of his weaknesses and we've worked on targeting some of them. I won't say I'll get the KO because anybody who goes in saying they'll KO someone is too confident. I'm going to box. I didn't expect to put Donta Woods down and I put him down twice. I'll keep doing what I do. I'm just going to give it all I can for six rounds and really go after him."
In the night's eight-round main event, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (22-2, 18 KOs) will face comebacking "Rockin" Rodney Moore (17-6-2, 7 KOs) from Houston, Texas. [Editor's note: the 47 year-old Moore hasn't fought for fifteen years and spent most of his career at lightweight and junior welter, where he lost title shots to Charles Murray and Frankie Randall in 1993 and 1994. He was stopped in four rounds by Trinidad at welterweight in 1996. Putting him in with a young, powerful heavyweight appears to be a homicidal act by the promoter].
In another notable six-round encounter, Chicago (via Lithuania) middleweight Donatas Bondorovas (15-3-1, 4 KOs) will take on Evansville, Indiana's "King" David Thomas (10-2-2, 8 KOs).
The huge undercard (12 bouts are scheduled in total) will feature such popular local names as super middleweight prospect Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs), who will go six rounds, and Pacquiao sparring partner Abdulai "The Classiq" Amidu (20-0, 17 KOs) also going six.
Also featured will be four-round fights for Frankie "Time Bomb" Scalise (4-1, 4 KOs), Genaro Mendez (4-1, 3 KOs), kickboxing and Golden Gloves champ Simon "The Punisher" Buettner (2-0, 2 KOs), Russell "Rocky" Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) and, making their pro-debuts, "Irish" Jimmy Murphy and Jonathan Manos.
Complete match-ups will be announced shortly.
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