Ortiz: I will beat Wilder and Fury

WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz of Cuba plans on being the only champion in the division.

In December, Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) showed his credentials by knocking out contender Bryant Jennings, who took former champion Wladimir Klitschko the distance earlier in 2015.

The boxer is hoping to return to action on March 5 against an opponent that must still be announced.

Ortiz is expected to make a WBA title defence against Russian Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) by June.

The 36-year-old told Boxing Scene’s George Ebro that he feels he can beat anyone including WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBO/IBO/WBA champion Tyson Fury.

“I assure you nobody wants that title more than me,” Ortiz told Ebro. “After so many difficulties, I think the stars have aligned for me in 2016 to finally reach the very top of the division.

“I do not care about Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. I sincerely believe that I can beat them both.

“Basically, they are afraid, because they know I am not for them. A lot of them talk and talk. They’re clowns. Now I have more motivation. The next time I see my mom I want her to see me as the full champion.”