Luis Ortiz vs Malik Scott & Stephen Smith vs Jason Sosa
BY KID HERSH
Live from Monte Carlo came the HBO broadcast for the heavyweight fight that featured a good little fight right before it. This is picking back up on the Sky Sports broadcast that featured Jamie McDonnell vs Liborio Solis and Martin Murray vs Nuhu Lawal.
First up was the heavyweight fight itself featuring Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13KO's) vs Luis "King Kong" Ortiz (25-0, 22KO's). It took Scott nearly two minutes to throw a punch, and when he did throw one he promptly clinched after falling in. Ortiz was trying to goad Scott into trading with him, or at least stand his ground, as he put his gloves out to his side a couple of times. Even the referee told Scott to fight - although I think he had no place doing so because he did it just over a minute into the fight only. In the second round we saw Ortiz with his feet stuck in the mud and not able to land anything on the elusive Scott. Scott is playing spoiler here though looking to just simply last so he is not winning any rounds but he is however surviving and showing that Ortiz has problems cutting off the ring and telegraphing punches. In the third round Malik Scott was "practicing going to the canvas", as Jim Lampley put it, going to the canvas four different times but not getting officially knocked down. It was more going down in the fourth round but Ortiz did "officially" score a knockdown early in the round when Scott went down from a left hand that he claimed was a foul due to being behind the head. The punch was behind the ear but not a rabbit punch as it looks like Scott is looking for any way to get out of the fight. In the fifth round it was more of the same, with Ortiz scoring a knockdown off a left hand that again Scott claimed was a foul when it wasn't. Over the next couple rounds Scott seemed to gain confidence and Ortiz looked very one dimensional as he plodded and tried to land the left hand but was not setting it up with jab. He may have even momentarily stunned Ortiz in the sixth round with an overhand right that Ortiz did not see coming. In the ninth round Ortiz landed the first big body shot he threw when he thudded a slow but heavy left hand home to Scotts body. Scott rose and took more punishment but Ortiz is really showing his limitations in this fight due to having trouble landing flush on Scott who is somewhat crafty but really not doing a whole lot special other than covering up and using his legs. Scott was even sticking his tongue out at Ortiz throughout the round - despite being hit flush with Ortizs powerful left hand a couple times. The rest of the rounds went the same with no surprised other than the huge surprise (except to me) of Scott lasting the distance. Scott only threw 13 punches per round throughout twelve rounds - yikes!