Boxing News: After losing to Luis Ortiz, ‘Prince’ Charles Martin can “turn the trend of his career,” according to his manager, and will not retire from the ring.
Martin’s bid to return to the top of the heavyweight division was halted last Saturday when he was knocked out by Ortiz.
He has not given up hope despite being 35 years old and having lost the IBF title to Anthony Joshua six years ago, resulting in the second-shortest title reign in history.
Martin’s manager, Mike Borao, told Sky Sports, “Retirement is not a factor.”
“Charles was comfortably leading the battle when he was caught with a perfect punch. It can happen to anyone, as history has shown.”
Martin had knocked Ortiz down twice before falling to a big left hand that killed him.
“There are several of possibilities open to Charles that can turn his career around overnight – Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz Jr, Joseph Parker, Derek Chisora, or a rematch with Adam Kownacki,” Borao stated.
“There’s no doubt that Charles is a top-15 heavyweight who can beat anyone on any given night, as he proved this weekend by flooring Ortiz twice and leading on the scorecards.
“Recently, Robert Helenius lost to Gerald Washington before rebounding with two huge wins over Kownacki to reclaim the crown.
“Charles has the ability to accomplish the same thing.
Will Luis Ortiz lose out on a shot at the title?
Prior to his loss against Ortiz, Martin was ranked No. 1 by the IBF, earning the right to meet Filip Hrgovic (ranked No. 2) in a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger.
In a rematch, Oleksandr Usyk will defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO belts against Anthony Joshua.
“We’re willing to take it,” Ortiz’s manager Jay Jiminez told Sky Sports. “Luis absolutely wants another title shot.”
However, Ortiz’s 42-year-old hand injury will prevent him from fighting, according to Hrgovic’s promoter Nisse Sauerland of Sky Sports.
The mandatory challenger for Usyk will be decided by a fight between Joseph Parker (ranked No. 3) and Hrgovic.
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