Luis “King Kong” Ortiz improved his record to 22-0 19KO’s tonight stopping Lateef “Power” Kayode in the first round of their WBA “interim” title fight on FoxSports1. Ortiz dropped Kayode early in the round with a counter right hand, Kayode got up quick and complained that it was a slip but referee Robert Byrd ruled it was a punch that sent Kayode to the canvas. Kayode showed that he is a very raw and unbalanced fighter that really didn’t belong in a title fight even if it’s for a fake title.
Ortiz then began to show his jab controlling the distance and backed Kayode into a corner, landing a big left hand that would have knocked Kayode to the mat if the corner hadn’t held him up. Ortiz fired off a flurry of unanswered blows when referee Robert Byrd jumped in to waive off the fight, at the same time a dazed Kayode threw a couple of flailing punches prompting Kayode to protest the stoppage. The stoppage was warranted as Kayode wasn’t holding or returning fire and Robert Byrd is a seasoned ref that understands the nuances of a fighters look and body language that merit a stoppage.
Through a translator Ortiz said “I want to be world champion, I just followed my corner’s instructions to pressure him and to be victorious. They also told me to pay attention and wait for the moments, the knockout would come.”
Ortiz in his second fight on FoxSports1 made an emphatic statement to the heavyweight division announcing his arrival and adding his name to the list of contenders creating a bit of excitement in a division that is suddenly becoming filled with names fans want to see fight. Bermaine Stiverne, Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola, Bryant Jennings, or a Cuban showdown with Mike Perez I’d buy a ticket to anyone of these fights and I haven’t even gotten started on all of the British heavyweights I’d like to see him fight…calling David Haye and Derek Chisora.
The co-feature on the card featured Argentine slugger Jesus Cuellar 25-1 18KO’s putting his WBA “interim” title against a past his prime Juan Manuel Lopez 34-5 31KO’s. Cuellar started the fight landing anything he threw at Lopez swelling up his eye in the first round, and from the first 20 seconds of the fight you just knew Lopez no longer had the ability to bring what made him a star. In the second round Cuellar landed a devastating one two combination and followed it up with left and right hooks sending Lopez face first into the canvas in a terrible sight to watch, after the fight Lopez said “it’s over”.
Jermall Charlo 19-0 15KO’s stopped Norberto Gonzalez 20-5 13KO’s in a fight that he dominated the entire way through. Charlo put Gonzalez down in the 5th from a right hand that sent him under the ropes and almost completely out of the ring, in the 7th round Gonzalez’ corner stepped in to protect their man and referee Kenny Bayless waived off the fight.
In a battle of unbeaten prospects Philly fighter Julian Williams 17-0-1 10KO’s scored a unanimous decision over a game Eliezer Gonzales 14-1 9KO’s all three judges scored the fight 80-72.