Lucas Matthysse stops Roberto Ortiz with body shot in Round 2
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse made short work of Roberto Ortiz, stopping the unbeaten but unproven fringe contender in Round 2 of the their scheduled 12 rounder on the Adrien Broner-Emmanuel Taylor undercard on Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After an even first round, Matthysse (36-3, 33 knockouts) nailed Ortiz with a left to the lower rib cage, sending the 28-year-old Mexican boxer-puncher to one knee where he spat out his mouthpiece and counted out by referee Bengy Esteves Jr. at 2:45 of Round 2.
Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) thought he had beat the count, as did the commentators for Showtime, which televised the bout in the U.S.
“I thought I was up at nine,” Ortiz said during his post-fight interview. “I could’ve got up at seven but I was taking my time (to catch my breath), but I was in shape for a hard fight.”
Matthysse, who won his second fight since dropping a unanimous decision to RING champ Danny Garcia last September, is already looking to get another shot at the title.
“I got (Ortiz) with a really good shot to the body,” Matthysse said during his post-fight interview. “I challenge Danny Garcia who needs to stop being a chicken and stop fighting little guys and fight me. I want Danny Garcia. If I can’t get a shot at the title, then I’ll fight Adrien Broner.”