Ortiz TKO'd by Maidana
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Edgar Gonzales Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
If Victor Ortiz was given an opportunity to write an outcome of his first world title bout, it would be the complete opposite of what occurred Saturday night.
Having knocked down Marcos Maidana three times in the first two rounds, it would have been expected for Ortiz to slowly break him down even more.
Instead, Ortiz was stopped in his disappointing, yet entertaining loss to hard-punching Marcos Maidana before an announced crowd of 8,600 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The bout headlined a five-bout card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
This was a battle between two hard-hitting fighters that had a combined 43 knockouts in their 49 victories entering their fight.
Despite the hard-hitting abilities of Maidana, most boxing experts and insiders felt that the bigger and stronger Ortiz would outbox and break down Maidana.
It started well for the young 22 year old Ortiz, who signed last year with Golden Boy Promotions. A short right hook by the southpaw Ortiz dropped Maidana to the canvas. Maidana got up and seconds later dropped Ortiz with a strong, counter right hand to the head.
Both fighters had their moments in the second round. However, it was Ortiz that dropped Maidana twice with counter right hooks to the chin. After the second knockdown, Maidana looked dazed, but was saved by the bell.
Ortiz was able to control the action in the third round. He caught his opponent after Maidana missed with his attempts to land.
However, Maidana began to charge in to Ortiz, in an attempt to bait his opponent to throw punches. The tactic seem to work, at times, as Ortiz would throw and Maidana countered to the head.
Maidana had a big round five as he connected more punches onto Ortiz.
A punch opened a cut over he right eye of Ortiz, along with a mouse under his left eye that would swell more. Although Ortiz could have boxed more from the outside, he still fought on the inside, which obviously favored Maidana.
Maidana picked up where he left off in the sixth, this time going after Ortiz, who looked a bit slower and tentative. A left hook by Maidana dropped Ortiz to the canvas. Ortiz got up, but was brought over to the ringside physician by referee Raul Caiz, Sr. The ringside physician told Caiz, Sr. that Ortiz was not able to continue, prompting Caiz, Sr. to stop the bout at 46 seconds.
At the time of the stoppage, Ortiz was up 48-45 on all three judges’ scorecards entering the sixth round. Fightnews.com also had the bout scored 48-45 for Ortiz entering the sixth round.
Although Ortiz had knocked Maidana down three times, Maidana had the edge statistically. Maidana threw 293 punches, connecting on 66, while Ortiz threw 177 punches, connecting on 74.
“Once I fell, I got back up because I have a big heart,” said Maidana, who is promoted by Universum Boxing Promotions. “I noticed that he felt my punches. I did not let him survive. I went out in the sixth round with the mindset to finish him off. He hits hard, but he did not have a good chin. He could not keep up with my tempo.”
Ortiz was diplomatic in defeat.
“I don’t know what happened,” who Ortiz, who had stopped his last eight opponents in a row. “I just wasn’t in the zone. He’s an experienced veteran. He packs some power behind those punches. I made some mistakes. I wanted to take my time to finish him, but I got hurt. Tonight, he was the better man.”
Ortiz other defeat occurred three years ago, a disqualification defeat to journeyman Corey Alarcon.
With the victory, Maidana wins an interim title and will hope to fight the winner between Andriy Kotelnik and Amir Khan, which takes place on July 11th.
Maidana, from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, goes to 26-1, 25 KO’s. Ortiz, from Oxnard, CA, falls to 24-2-1, 19 KO’s. –Francisco Salazar
Broner beats on Kickett
With the recent cancellation of Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez due to John having a blood disorder, John was able to assist in William Kickett's (15-2 5 KO's) corner but wasn't able to help Kickett of Australia escape the beating that awaited him at the hands of Adrien Broner of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kickett started the lightweight battle aggressively as Broner (10-0 7 Ks) tried to analyze his opponent. By the second round Broner was in control chopping through Kickett's defense with straight left hooks followed by several overhand rights.
Kickett tried to exchange punches in the center of the ring but with seconds to end the fourth, Broner sneaked a left hook sending Kickett to the canvas. The Australian beat the count but wasn't fully recovered. A left uppercut made Kickett taste the canvas for the second time. The referee saw enough and waved it off 2:58 of round six. – Edgar Gonzales
McEwan wins split verdict
Middleweight Craig McEwan won an eight round split-decision victory over Darnell Boone.
The taller and rangier McEwan controlled most of the exchanges. Boone attempted to move in and out, landing lead right hands to the head of McEwan.
At times during the second half of the fight, both fighters would motion with their gloves for one another to come towards them.
Boone went on the attack in the final round of the bout. He landed hard right hands flush to the head of McEwan. It was his best round of the fight, as he was able to get on the inside of McEwan. However, McEwan was not visibly hurt and was able to withstand Boone’s punches until the final bell.
One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Boone, but was overruled by the other two judges, as they scored the bout 77-75 and 79-73 for McEwan.
Fightnews.com scored the bout 78-74 in favor of McEwan.
McEwan, from Edinburgh, Scotland, improves to 16-0, 9 KOs. Boone, from Youngstown, Ohio, drops to 16-11-2, 6 KOs. –Francisco Salazar
De La Torre, Orrantia draw
In a four round jr. middleweight bout that went four rounds too many, Sergio De La Torre (11-11-3, 1 KO) of Escondido, Calif., and Los Mochis, Mexico's Jaime Orrantia (11-23-5, 3 KO) threw unbalanced and unskilled punches at each other to deem the fight a majority draw.
While two judges saw it identical with scores of 38-38, one judge scored it 39-37 for De La Torre. – Edgar Gonzales
Perez decisions Herrera
A lightweight battle between New Jersey's Mike Perez (3-0-1 2 KO's) and Thomas Herrera (2-2-1) ended with boxing fans cheering for more.
With fireworks flying from the opening bell, both fighters refused to show weakness. In the second round, Perez worked the body slowing the young prospect from Tucson, Ariz., down and continued to land the more effective punches. Herrera landed a few overhand rights but he wasn't able to find that home run punch which he was looking for all night.
By the third and fourth round Perez was in command with his pinpoint accuracy. Herrera continue to swing away but it wasn't enough to impress any of the judges.
Mike Perez was awarded the unanimous decision. Scores where 40-36, 39-37 twice. – Edgar Gonzales
Aside from promoter Oscar De La Hoya, welterweight champions Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, middleweight Enrique Ornelas, junior lightweight David Rodela, former world champion Fernando Vargas, female fighter Kaliesha West, actor Mario Lopez, and L.A. radio personality Big Boy took in the action from ringside.
In a tribute of sorts to Michael Jackson, all fighters who fought on the card walked to the ring to music by the king of pop.
National anthems for Argentina, Mexico, and the United States were performed before the main event.
Bob Papa, Emanuel Steward, and Max Kellerman called the action from ringside for HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Ring announcer was Lupe Contreras.