WBA SANCTIONS ORTIZ-KAYODE AS AN INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
Press Release: Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet on September 11th at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to battle for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title. The contest will be shown as part of the Golden Boy Live! series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
Editor's Note: Kayode is a cruiserweight who has fought just twice at heavyweight, wins over Jonte Willis (9-7-1) and Travis Fulton (22-37-1). It is beyond comprehension how he could be approved for an interim title fight at heavyweight).
"We are happy to work with Golden Boy to continue the tradition of not one but two fights in Las Vegas the week of a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view event," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "We want to keep the fans who come from near and far entertained all week long and there is no better way to do that than with a heavyweight title fight."
"A lot of great fighters have come before me and won the heavyweight title and to have the chance to join them is an honor," said Ortiz. "I will fight my heart out for this championship and I won't disappoint my fans, friends or family."
"I've waited a long time for a fight like this and I feel that this is finally my chance to shine," said the number five-ranked Kayode. "Before Mayweather and Maidana fight on Saturday, I will set the stage for them with a big win and a championship that will have the world talking."
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With over 340 amateur wins in his native Cuba, 35-year-old Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) has transitioned to the pros with 21 straight wins. Now the 6-foot-4 southpaw has his shot at a [paper title] after back-to-back knockouts of Alex Gonzales and Monte Barrett respectively.
A native of Lagos, Nigeria who now makes his home in Hollywood, California, 31-year-old Lateef "Power" Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) is a six-year pro with [cruiserweight] wins over Matt Godfrey, Felix Cora Jr. and Alfredo Escalera Jr.
A full undercard will be announced shortly.