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Mayweather KOs Ortiz in four
NEW YORK, NY, (BASN)—Floyd Mayweather’s fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz on Saturday was spectacular. What was interesting was the fact that as soon as Mayweather became angry, the fight ended within seconds.
Mayweather (42-0, 29 KOs) knocked out Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) at 2:59 seconds of the fourth round to reclaim the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday.
Ortiz was doing well for himself as he trapped Mayweather in a corner behind a relentless barrage of punches. However, Ortiz became frustrated. Mayweather laughed at Ortiz after every blow thrown missed. Ortiz, under the microscopic view of referee Joe Cortez, head-butted Mayweather in the mouth.
Cortez separated both fighters and docked Ortiz one-point from each of the official judges’ scorecards. Ortiz apologized and Mayweather accepted, but was still visibly upset. Cortez did call time in to resume the action and stepped back. Ortiz walked forward to apologize again only to be greeted by a Mayweather left-right, one-two combination that floored him on his back for what was his most trilling knockout since tattooing Ricky Hatton in 2007.
“What goes around, comes around,” Mayweather said. “Things happen in this sport and like I said, they say protect yourself at all times.”
In boxing, a fighter must protect themselves at all times. Fighters are not supposed to touch gloves at anytime during a fight unless the referee instructs them to do so. Traditionally, fighters touch gloves after receiving the referee’s final instructions following the fighter’s introductions and at the start of the twelfth and final round of competition.
In the amateurs, trainers warn fighters all the time about touching gloves. Sticking your gloves out as a sign of sportsmanship can get a boxer punched or even KO’d. Ortiz should have known better. He should have known Mayweather was angry and was going to pummel him at will.
Mayweather did nothing wrong in all honestly. Once the referee calls for the action to resume, it’s up to the fighters to be ready to fight.
“Without the fourth round, he was going to get knocked out anyway. I was fighting stronger. I was keeping my composure and sticking to the game plan.”
Mayweather was the more effective boxer-puncher by far. His left jab was superior to the young 24-year-old’s southpaw style. Mayweather controlled the fight in the middle of the ring by ducking and side-stepping Ortiz’ shots. Mayweather was hurting Ortiz with every clean punch landed. There was clearly a difference in skills between the two. Ortiz is a good, strong boxer but Mayweather is in another league.
The victory propels Mayweather onto the throne as WBC welterweight champion. The same belt Mayweather vacated in following a brief retirement in 2008. Andre Berto claimed the vacant title in 2008 and made five successful defenses before losing it to Ortiz in April. Ortiz’ loss to Mayweather was his first in six bouts dating back to his wild slugfest against Marcos Rene Maidana in June 2009.
Ortiz is still young and he can comeback. Mayweather remains at the top of his game, but at age 34 breathing toward 35, the newly crowned champion doesn’t have a lot of time left.
It is time for Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao.