A crunching left hook to the tummy by Argentinian power puncher Lucas Matthysse dropped Mexican, Roberto “Massa” Ortiz, hard on to his haunches in the second round, and although he beat the count Referee Benji Esteves stopped the fight.
With this win, Lucas seized the WBC Silver super lightweight championship belt, at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A former WBC interim Champion in this division, Lucas immediately imposed his power against “Massa” Ortiz, who was undefeated until this fight. Undaunted, and noticeably taller, Massa traded early with Lucas, but smartly maintained a wide stance and kept his hands high. He seemed to weather Lucas’ vaunted right hand several times in round one, and was scoring well with his left jab.
Yet late in round two Lucas nailed Massa with a “By gum, tum, tum special” on the ropes! It visibly shook and winded Massa. He claims that he could have got up at seven, appearing clear headed, calm and contained. However he also spat out his mouth guard, and such an action can send a confusing signal. Undoubtedly, Massa’s practical intention was to suck in a deep draught of much needed air. But the impression of discarding his mouth piece, could have been interpreted as leaning or tending towards….imminent surrender!
This in turn could have formed part of Referee, Benji Esteves’ reasoning when declared a TKO at 2:45 minutes. It was also one damned hard punch!
This was lucas’ second fight of the year. In April in Carson, California, he got up from two bad knock downs on a wild night, to stop local John Molina in eleven torrid rounds in a give and take brawl of frightening proportions, causing some eye watering facial distortions!
With this result, Lucas Matthysse improved his record to 36 wins with 34 knockouts, and three losses, while Roberto “Massa” Ortiz now has to contemplate his first loss, in exchange for 31 wins, with 24 by KO.
Lucas is now clamoring for a rematch with WBC Absolute Champion Danny Garcia. Barring that Adrien Broner might also be on the horizon.