Recently crowned WBC welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) was totally dominating Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs)from the first round up until the near end of the fight in 4th round, when a surging Ortiz found his rhythm and was clearly having his best moments, pummeling away with Mayweather at the ropes. But Ortiz, perhaps out of frustration and excitement, intentionally rammed his head to Mayweather’s chin.
What transpired a few moments later took boxing for a bizarre twist.
Referee Joe Cortez called for a break and deducted a point from Ortiz for the intentional headbutt. A seemingly apologetic Ortiz came up to Mayweather and went for a hug. However, a short left hook and a right straight from Mayweather sent the young Mexican-American to the canvas.
Referee Cortez was not even looking while the action went on. He did not even signaled for the action to resume.
Ortiz failed to beat the count and lost his first welterweight title defense. But many consider it a hollow victory for Mayweather, who nailed down a fighter who wasn’t even looking.
But Mayweather has a point, regardless of the outcome of the fight. Fighters are always instructed to protect themselves at all times prior to fighting. And while Ortiz showed class and sportsmanship to his conqueror, he was overly apologetic.
But the question of the day is, “where was Joe Cortez looking?”
He surely did not have his eyes on both fighters after he deducted a point from Ortiz for the headbutt.
Erik Morales makes history
Erik “El Terrible” Morales became the first Mexican prizefighter ever to win world titles in four different weight classes. Against a game, yet inexperienced, Pablo Cano, Morales started slow but soon found his range as the fight progressed. The 35-year old Morales was visibly slower but still has power, enough to cut Cano over his right eye. By the 11th round, Cano’s gash was too severe that Cano and his crew decided they had enough.
Mercito Gesta continues winning streak
Undefeated lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is still on the winning track after edging Manuel Perez (16-7-1, 6 KOs) in their 10-round lightweight showdown. Gesta received all nods from the judges and now looks forward to bigger fights, potentially a title match next year.
Best quote of the day
“I wish I was 50 years younger so I can kick your ass.” – Larry Merchant to Floyd Mayweather
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