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New Years Day fireworks will be on display when big-hitting heavyweight southpaws Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin square off from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Ortiz vs Martin Odds have Ortiz as a chunky -900 boxing betting favorite. The 44-year old grey-bearded Ortiz, 32-2, 27 KO’s, is ranked 7th at heavyweight and has been instilled as a 9 to 1 boxing odds favorite.

The top-20 contender Martin, 28-2, 25 KO’s, is the former I.B.F. champion and is being given a hefty +700 price. Can the underachieving “Prince Charles” Martin, 35, make the most of his vast potential and score a huge upset over the ancient “King Kong” Ortiz? Will the fast-starting Ortiz blast Martin out early? ESPN2 News expert handicappers break down this exciting heavyweight crossroads fight.

Luis Ortiz vs Charles Martin Odds have Martin as a +700 underdog (Wager $100 for $800 Betting Payout at BOVADA Sportsbook

Charles Martin – Boxer Scouting Report

Strengths: Massive physical presence at 6’5″ 255 Lbs. with colossal arms…Mean and intimidating St. Louis attitude…Hard and accurate puncher with heavy straight-left packing the most thunder…Uses wingspan effectively with pecking southpaw jab…Thinking man’s fighter that is calm and relaxed…Sneaky quick for an airplane-sized heavyweight…Last big-name fighter promoted by Don King…

Weaknesses: Dedication to the sport is questionable…Flatfooted style with limited agility…Doesn’t move his head particularly well…Limited in-fighting skills…

Luis Ortiz – Boxer Scouting Report

Strengths: Sinister looking 6’4″ 240 Lb. Cuban with long arms and broad shoulders…Not quite the puncher he was before getting busted for P.E.D’s but overhand left is still lethal…Can fight inside with a sneaky uppercut…Still has above-average handspeed…Slick defender with some counterpunching skills…Experienced ring general…Solid chin…Big heart…Will have a raucous Cuban crowd behind him against Martin…
Weaknesses: Like most older pugs “King Kong” fights in spurts with dulled reflexes and diminished cardio capacity…Hasn’t been the powerhouse that he was before getting busted for Nandrolone a substance that is 3x as powerful as the average steroid…Cuban defector living in Miami, FL where his focus can be compromised…

Luis “King” Kong” Ortiz Power Ratings

Size: 8
Power: 8
Dexterity: 7.5
Stamina: 7
Defense: 8.5
Resiliency: 8
Jab: 7.5
In-Fighting: 7
Agility: 7
Intelligence: 8.5
Focus: 7

Charles “The Prince” Martin Power Ratings

Size: 9
Power: 8.5
Dexterity: 7
Stamina: 7
Defense: 7.5
Resiliency: 8
Jab: 8
In-Fighting: 6
Agility: 6
Intelligence: 8
Focus: 7


Cuts: –
Judges Scoring: Martin +2
Referee: –
Corner: Ortiz +1
Camp: –
Weight Loss/Gain: –
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