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Floyd Mayweather controversially KO’s Victor Ortiz

Referee Joe Cortez yells at Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC welterweight title fight on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.

Referee Joe Cortez yells at Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC welterweight title fight on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.

September 18, 2011

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— In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz.

He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.

Mayweather remained unbeaten and did it in emphatic fashion Saturday night, stopping Ortiz at 2:59 of the fourth round to take the piece of the welterweight title Ortiz brought into the ring.

The end came just as the two fighters emerged from a break, in which Ortiz had embraced Mayweather in the center of the ring. As they broke, Mayweather shot out a left hand and followed it with a right that put Ortiz down in his corner.

Ortiz — a Garden City native who spent a lot of time in Lawrence over the summer and wore a Jayhawk on his trunks — struggled to get up as referee Joe Cortez called an end to the fight.

“We touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left and right hand after the break,” Mayweather said. “In the ring you have to protect yourself at all times.”

The round was already controversial, as Ortiz appeared to head butt Mayweather intentionally, leading Cortez to take a point away from him. After the head butt, Ortiz went to Mayweather and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Seconds later they were in the center of the ring ready to resume action when two punches ended it quickly.

“I took the break by the referee and I obeyed exactly as I was told,” Ortiz said. “And then, boom, he blindsided me.”

“He did something dirty when it was his corner who said I was dirty,” Mayweather said. “But I won the fight.”

Mayweather later engaged in a verbal confrontation with HBO announcer Larry Merchant.

Comments

hammerhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Ortiz was hosed by the ref. This fight is another black eye for the "sport".

FarmerBoy 3 years, 3 months ago

That's what Ortiz gets for intentionally headbutting Mayweather: knocked out! That's great for the sport!

Besides headbutting a boxing veteran, that's what you get when you don't "protect yourself at all times"

Cmon - - you're actually going to kiss him on the cheek after you almost cracked his skull? Ha haa haa

riverdrifter 3 years, 3 months ago

Joe Cortez lost control of the round. He was staring off into space like some babe in the third row had dropped her top for him when Mayweather came out of nowhere with the rabbit punch. Ortiz lost control of his emotions with the headbutt, which is a shame. At that point in the round he was pounding Mayweather. Mayweather was ahead on points in the bout but Victor was still in it. Lost opportunity...

Jack Bell 3 years, 3 months ago

That was 100% cheap on Mayweathers side. Yeah it wasn't very sportsman like to head butt Mayweather but Ortiz simply lost control of his emotions in the heat of the moment, he was deducted a point rightfully so and that should have been that, when he apologized you could tell his apology was genuine and he knew he was wrong, it's not like he bit his ear off or knocked him out when he wasn't aware the fight had resumed, that head butt did not have any affect on the outcome.

hbjayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Joe cortez definitely didn't help the Latino cause...

FarmerBoy 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey didn't help the Jayhawk cause...cmon - -come back better with a corny statement like that.

hbjayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Joe cortez definitely didn't help the Latino cause...

Flap Doodle 3 years, 2 months ago

Oritz was standing there with his arms down just waiting to be punched into the middle of next week. Mayweather acted correctly, IMHO.

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