The New Year was seen in by two veteran heavyweights treating their fans to a slugfest, as the betting favourite Luis Ortiz recovered from two knockdowns to defeat Charles Martin. At 42-years of age Ortiz showed that there is still plenty of fight in the old dog yet, delivering for oddschecker free bet users who’d backed him to KO the one-time Anthony Joshua victim. Even if his punch resistance appears to be on the wane, with Martin putting him down with an innocuous jab at one worrying point in the contest, Ortiz will still be given more than a puncher’s chance by bookies against whoever he happens to face next.
Ortiz has now set himself up for bigger and better fights in 2022, with some of the top contenders likely to fancy their chances against the veteran Cuban. Here we cast an eye over other elite level veteran boxers who may just be about to have an Indian summer to remember this year; putting father time back in his box for at least another twelve months.