Luis Ortiz has an opponent for his March 5 return to HBO, as Alexander Dimitrenko will face the Cuban heavyweight slugger in the headline fight from the DC Armory, with Sadam Ali taking on Jessie Vargas in the night's co-feature.
Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO) last fought on December 19, stopping Bryant Jennings in the seventh round, two months after beating Matias Ariel Vidondo via third round knockout on the Golovkin-Lemieux undercard. This fight isn't really a step up, though. Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO) hasn't faced a credible opponent since 2012, when he was knocked out in the 11th round by Kubrat Pulev. His other loss came in 2009 against Eddie Chambers, and his best wins are over the likes of Michael Sprott, Luan Krasniqi, Albert Sosnowski, Derric Rossy, and Timo Hoffmann.
What Dimitrenko does present, however, is size. At 6'7" and weighing around 250 pounds, Dimitrenko has the dimensions of the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Wladimir Klitschko, and his team could hope to use Dimitrenko as sort of a scouting opponent for potential fights with one of those guys, even if it's not likely to come any time soon.