The WBA needs another heavyweight title. It's not enough that super champion Wladimir Klitschko is out there, and "world" champion Ruslan Chagaev. No, no! There needs to be an interim title. And tonight on FOX Sports 1 at 9:30 pm EDT, Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode meet to determine who the true interim champion of the WBA really is!
Ortiz (21-0, 18 KO) is a 35-year-old Cuban southpaw nicknamed "The Real King Kong," now fighting out of Miami. Kayode (20-0, 16 KO) is a former cruiserweight contender who now is campaigning at heavyweight, and this will be his third fight and first real test in the division. At 31, the Nigerian is getting to the point, like Ortiz, where it's time to prove something, and despite the bogus title belt up for grabs in this fight, it's a good matchup for both guys, where one of them will come out in position for an eventual shot at another bogus title, or maybe the real one.
The FS1 promo hilariously calls this THE BIGGEST FIGHT OF THE YEAR:
In tonight's co-feature, former super bantamweight titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez (34-4, 31 KO) faces Argentina's Jesus Cuellar (24-1, 18 K) in a 12-round bout for the interim WBA featherweight title, which Cuellar won in August 2013 against Claudio Marrero, and defended once against Rico Ramos in May of this year.
Lopez, 31, is coming off of a RTD-3 loss to Francisco Vargas in July. He's arguably the most reliable action fighter in the sport these days -- none of his fights since 2010 have gone the distance. He's 7-4 over that stretch.