It's a little weird to think it's already been a year since Tito Ortiz last fought. He stepped into the cage back in September of 2015, to fight current light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. Ortiz lost the fight, via reverse triangle in Round 1, putting a halt to his mini late-career Renaissance, and handing the former UFC champ his first loss under the Bellator banner. Now, well past the mid-point of 2016, Ortiz is thinking about the future again, or to put a finer point on it, his next fight. In an interview with Fight Hub TV Ortiz talked about his recovery from a recent neck surgery, taking some time off to be with his family, and now getting back in the gym and getting in shape again.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Boxing Association is pursuing disciplinary action against the referees and judges sent home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for failing to properly officiate fights. AIBA says "individuals and associated federations have been forwarded to the disciplinary commission for further investigation, with appropriate actions to follow." An unspecified number or referees and judges were dismissed during the Olympics after AIBA determined they had not met its standards of competence. AIBA commissions met in Lausanne this week to review the Olympic boxing tournament, in which a handful of questionable decisions led to widespread condemnation of the judging
The word "mandatory" is pretty clear-cut, but it turns out it’s actually pretty flexible in the world of boxing. As such, WBC Grand Poobah Mauricio Suleiman spoke with World Boxing News today about the obligations facing cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. In short, Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KO) must face Mairis Breidis (20-0, 17 KO) after his October showdown with BJ Flores, while Stevenson (28-1, 23 KO) has to take on Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KO) by year’s end. Breidis has been the WBC mandatory since May, when he punished Olanrewaju Durodola over nine rounds. Alvarez, meanwhile, has been waiting since his decision over Isaac Chilemba last November.