Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight star Luis Ortiz has signed a co-promotional deal that will allow Golden Boy Promotions and Dade Promotions to guide his career, Golden Boy announced on Friday.
Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) will make his debut under the arrangement against 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex Gonzalez (20-8, 10 KOs) on the Nov. 26 edition of Golden Boy Live! on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
“I’m proud to be fighting for Golden Boy Promotions and Dade Promotions and I’m going to give a great show on Nov. 26,” said Ortiz, in a prepared release.
“I’ll be looking for the knockout from the opening bell, and as excited as the fans will be, I’m even more excited to be representing the United States, which has been my home for the past four years. I have promised my unborn son [due on Dec. 7] that I will eventually bring the world championship title bak to America.”
A 34-year-old southpaw, Ortiz went 343-19 as an amateur, twice becoming a national champion and winning the gold medal in the 2005 World Cup.
“Luis is a welcome addition to our team, and he’s got the talent and the experience to shake up the heavyweights,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. “I can’t wait to see what he can do with the top fighters in the division, and I know that he’s ready for the challenges ahead.”
In the main event, former light heavyweight titleholder Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since June of 2012 when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid drostanolone following a draw-turned-no-contest with Lateef Kayode.
Tarver will face West Virginia heavyweight Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs).
DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON FLOORS RIVAL THREE TIMES FOR FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT
Washington, D.C.-based welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (19-0, 11 KOs), who turned 19 in May, scored three knockdowns during Friday night’s first-round knockout of Marlon Lewis (6-3-2, 3 KOs), who was stopped for the first time in his career at Dover Downs in Dover, Del.
Hernandez-Harrison fought for the eighth time in 2013, rising to 8-0, with four knockouts on the year.
Prior to Lewis, Hernandez-Harrison had last been in the ring on Nov. 2 for a unanimous decision over New Mexico’s Jose Torres to win the WBC’s Youth title in The Theatre at New York’s Madison Square Garden on the undercard of an eighth-round stoppage victory by WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin over Curtis Stevens.
Lewis is 3-1-1, with two knockouts in his past five fights and was coming off a four-round draw with David Green in April.