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Saturday, Monte-Carlo hosts big time boxing action as Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing are promoting an event headlined by Luis Ortiz vs Malik Scott.
Scott has an excellent 38-2-1 record, but he is coming off a layoff of just over a year and many still questioned his heart after his March of 2014 1st round KO loss to Deontay Wilder. Not known as a huge puncher, Scott has 13 knockouts in his 38 wins and he has won two fights in a row. Scott’s last fight saw him defeat the aging but highly ranked Tony Thompson via UD.
In Ortiz, who is 25-0, Scott is facing a big punching Cuban fighter who is still hungry at 37 years old. Ortiz recently left Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions for Matchroom Boxing, and Hearn delivered this fight for Ortiz on short notice.
Weigh-in results from Friday: Luis Ortiz 239.5 (108.6 kg) vs. Malik Scott: 246.4 (111.8 kg).
On the undercard, WBA world titles are in play as featherweight champion Jason Sosa (19-1-4) defends his title against Stephen Smith (24-2) and bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1) defends his belt against Liborio Solis (25-4-1). Sosa is 15-0-1 in his last sixteen fights, with the lone draw coming against Nicholas Walters. Sosa versus the British fighter Smith is the most competitive match the books are offering.
Tickets still available for the event at Salle des Etoiles in Sporting Monte-Carlo.
Article first published November 9, 2016.
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