LUIS ORTIZ will box veteran heavyweight Tony Thompson over 12 rounds on March 5 at the DC Armory in Washington. On the same bill, televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, Sadam Ali will fight Jessie Vargas in a 12 round feature.
Cuba’s Ortiz is defending his WBA Interim title against Thompson so this fight has some significance, despite the American committing a doping violation, which emerged after Thompson’s victory over David Price, as well as Ortiz testing positive for Nandrolone after boxing Lateef Kayode in September 2014, a result which was therefore changed to a no contest.
Sadam Ali’s bout with Jessie Vargas is advertised as being for a vacant WBO welterweight world title. You might have thought that was a title Tim Bradley was defending against Manny Pacquaio. But, according to the WBO’s website, since January Bradley has ascended to the status of ‘Super’ champion, presumably creating room for a regular title.