Tito Ortiz is doing his best to not envision a future beyond his upcoming showdown with fellow mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva.
That’s not to say he doesn’t see himself boxing beyond their September 11 boxing match in Hollywood, Florida.
“The future right now is Anderson Silva. I’m not looking past that,” Ortiz insisted during a recent virtual press conference to discuss their cruiserweight bout, which airs live as part of a Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View event. “I’m doing the work for that. It’s a very short camp for me.
“After that, we’ll talk to [Triller] again and see. Is it another boxing match, is it an MMA match? We’ll have to see. Logan Paul is out here, he’s my size. I respect the work of the Paul brothers. A lot of boxers don’t like it, they’ve taken a lot of the spotlight. But it’s about the marketing.”
The Paul brothers—Logan and Jake—have served among no worse than the year’s top two selling PPV events of 2021. A possible third entry is in play, depending on returns for the August 29 Showtime PPV card from Cleveland which saw Jake Paul (4-0, 3KOs) edge record-breaking former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (0-1). Logan’s eight-round exhibition with Hall of Fame-elected former five-division Floyd Mayweather in June is rumored to have generated around 1,000,000 PPV buys. Just seven weeks prior, Jake Paul topped a Triller Fight Club PPV which according to a recent Triller event produced in the neighborhood of 900,000 buys.
Ortiz hopes to get to that point, though first concentrating on surviving his pro boxing debut versus Silva (2-1, 1KO) in a fight to be contested at a maximum weight of 195 pounds. Should the former UFC light heavyweight champion win his pro boxing debut, Ortiz is very much interested in sharing the ring with Logan Paul, the elder and physically bigger of the two brothers and social media influencers.
“I can’t think past Anderson. My main focus is Anderson Silva,” notes Ortiz. “But… I would say Logan would be the one. Just because Jake is a little smaller. I’d like to fight someone closer to my own size. This fight is already at 195."
Ortiz-Silva is part of a Triller PPV card topped by returning Hall of Fame former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield who faces former UFC light heavyweight titlist Vitor Belfort.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox