Luis Ortiz may have had the interim WBA belt handed to him on a silver platter, but he's making up for it with his first title defense. The big Cuban will be back in the ring right away, putting his belt on the line against Bryant Jennings on December 19th in New York, according to Mike Coppinger at Boxing Junkie.
Jennings was originally offered the chance to fight Ortiz on last weekend's Golovkin-Lemieux card, but made the fair decision to decline due to the short notice.
A very excited Oscar de la Hoya has his sights set on Wladimir Klitschko if Ortiz can get past Jennings, but it wouldn't be wise for him or his charge to get ahead of themselves.
Jennings (19-1, 10 KO), in addition to owning solid wins over Artur Szpilka and Mike Perez, matches Ortiz's reach and showed an incredibly sturdy chin in his fight with Klitschko earlier this year. That could prove problematic for "The Real King Kong," who hasn't gone past four rounds since February of 2012. Ortiz (23-0, 20 KO) should be the favorite on paper, considering his amateur pedigree and punching power, but he's definitely taking a step up.
The co-main event features Jamaican knockout artist Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KO), who lost his featherweight belt on the scale in May, making his 130-pound debut against Jason Sosa (18-1, 14 KO), who has knocked out his last thirteen opponents.
Does Ortiz have the goods, or will Jennings knock yet another contender from the ranks of the undefeated?