By: Dallas Orysiuk
The day before his 27th birthday, and after a 17 month layoff, Victor Ortiz made his comeback tonight… tomorrow won’t be a good birthday as he will face the scrutiny of crumbling once again. At 2:59 in round 2, Luis Collazo defeated Ortiz by knockout.
In round 1 Ortiz came out aggressive, and aside from the rust of being out of the ring for 17 months, he looked pretty good. Collazo showed composure and boxed well. In round 2 Ortiz was aggressive but looked tense, meanwhile Collazo was boxing effectively, tagging Ortiz with some good punches. With one second remaining in the round Ortiz loaded up with a left that missed and was counter by a beautifully placed right hook by Collazo, sending him stumbling to the canvas. In a fashion that we are used to, Ortiz didn’t get up, and looked to have quit again.
Luis Collazo looked good, improving to 35-5 (18 KOs), meanwhile Victor Ortiz suffered his third straight knockout loss, and fell to 29-5-2 (22 KOs). The victory opens up a lot of doors for Collazo; meanwhile it looks like it may be time for Victor Ortiz to stick to acting and hang up the gloves.
On the undercard, Eddie Gomez looked good defeating previously undefeated Daquan Arnett unanimously. Gomez boxed well and dropped Arnett in the 7th. Eddie Gomez is a solid prospect and is constantly improving; his record improves to 16-0 (10 KOs).
Gary Russell Jr. slow paced career continued as he defeated another “Tomayo Can” as he KO’d Miguel Tamayo in round 4. I wouldn’t put money on it… but hopefully in his next fight we see a step up in competition.by