Dillian Whyte believes Malik Scott’s superior ring skills will give him the edge over Luis Ortiz in Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Monte Carlo.
The American will take on ‘King Kong’ Ortiz this Saturday night, live on Sportsclubsociety, with the winner edging closer to a world title shot next year.
Ortiz enters the fight with a fearsome unbeaten record of 22 knockouts in 25 wins, but Whyte has shared a number of training camps with Scott and is backing him to pull off an upset victory.
“It’s one of them fights where it says a lot about both men,” Whyte told Sportsclubsociety. “How good is Malik Scott and how good is Ortiz?
“Malik is a very good boxer, but the problem is – he lacks a bit of power, and Ortiz seems to carry a bit of power.
I give Malik the edge in out-boxing him, because Luis Ortiz has never fought anyone that is as mobile and as good as what Malik is
“Whether Malik can out-box him for 12 rounds, or hurt him enough to keep him off, or whether Ortiz can close him down, land enough punches.
“But I give Malik the edge in out-boxing him, because Luis Ortiz has never fought anyone that is as mobile and as good as what Malik is.”
Scott is an eccentric character, who has branded himself as ‘Odd Guy’ on social media, and Whyte does not think he will be feeling the pressure ahead of a career-changing clash.
“He’s nuts, but he’s fun nuts though, not like crazy nuts,” said Whyte. “He’s one of those guys that you don’t know what he’s going to do.
“This is a man who has been in camp since he was 15-years-old and has boxed numerous rounds with numerous world champions. He’s been boxing for so long that boxing is second nature to him. He gets in there and moves around like a Bentley.
“Hopefully he will win on points.”