Ortiz-Scott Headlines Stacked Monte Carlo Show
Get ready boxing betting connoisseurs, Cuba's Luis Ortiz, 37, looks to kick off to bigger and better things in a hurry. In his second bout this year, Ortiz looks to score a 23rd T/KO against Malik Scott, a crafty veteran from Philadelphia.
Scott, 36, has won back-to-back bouts since Deontay Wilder beat him via walkover in the first round. His wins, over Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson, involved some shaky moments with Scott depending on his sharpness and precision to outland his opponents. His last bout, a ten-round unanimous decision win over Leapai, came in October 2015.
Both stand 6'4, with Ortiz holding a three-inch reach advantage. The biggest difference between the two is punching power; Scott is more of a boxer, while Ortiz is one of the division's biggest hitters.
Scott, who crumbled under the might of Wilder and Dereck Chisora, enters with questions regarding his durability. He is a smooth operator but is relatively one-paced. Ortiz will land harder, throw more effectively, and turn it up when the opportunity to finish is there. Scott may compete in the early going but will eventually get overpowered. Savvy boxing betting fans will likely have action on him.
A pair of world title bouts round out the Eddie Hearn-promoted event: Jamie McDonnell against Liborio Solis for McDonnell's WBA bantamweight title and Jason Sosa against Stephen Smith for Sosa's WBA Super Featherweight title.
Solis, a former WBA Super Flyweight titlist, holds wins over proven champions Kohei Kono and Daiki Kameda in Japan, and, as recently as March, pushed Shinsuke Yamanaka to his limits in the land of the rising sun.
McDonnell, four years younger and boasting a six-inch height advantage, enters his fifth title defense with a 28-2-1 record. Last year, he outworked Japan's Tomoki Kameda in a pair of upset wins in the United States. His most recent bout was a routine finish over unheralded Fernando Vargas in London.
Smith, one of four world-class boxing brothers, looks to join brother Liam Smith (former WBO Junior Middleweight titlist) as a champion. He fell short in his first attempt; dropping a wide decision to Jose Pedraza in April. He bounced back with a TKO win over Daniel Brizuela in May and always brings a game effort.
Sosa, 19-1-4, comes from New Jersey off of a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Javier Fortuna to capture the WBA belt. At his physical peak, Sosa must like his chances at emerging victorious in his first defense. Like Smith, he's a brawler who doesn't fear battling out a tough bout, as he did against Jamaican knockout artist Nicholas Walters. Check the sportsbook for current odds.
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