By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (24-0 / 21 by KO) was impressive scoring a seventh round stoppage over Bryant Jennings (19-2 / 10 by KO) in their bout televised by HBO from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.
Ortiz came out in the first round blazing with hard punches, battering Jennings at will. Round two was Jennings best round of the fight as he was able to calculate his punches and keep Ortiz in close to avoid the hard hitting puncher. But after round two, it was all Ortiz who was most effective with his power punches and right jab in a southpaw stance.
The end of the fight came in the seventh round when Ortiz caught Jennings with a uppercut that dropped him and he seemed out, but was up to beat the count.
Ortiz followed up with a barrage of punches from every angle with Jennings out on his feet, as the referee wisely called the bout at 2:41 of the round.
With the win, the Cuban heavyweight sets himself up for a possible showdown with either WBC champion Deontay Wilder or WBA/IBF/ WBO champion Tyson Fury.
In the co-feature bout, Nicholas Walters (26-01 / 21 by KO) and Jason Sosa (18-1-4 / 14 by KO) fought to “disputed” draw in their junior lightweight bout.
The fight was all action with Walters appearing to everybody at ringside and to those watching on TV to be winning every round. He was more accurate with his punches and dictated the fight with perfection.
After 10 bruising rounds, the HBO scorecard of Harold Lederman was a shut out 100-90, Walters winning every round. My scorecard was in line with Harold, 99-91 for Walters; but the judges saw it completely different: 96-94 Sosa, with two judges scoring it the same at 95-95.
Personally, I have seen worse decisions in my 54 years of boxing and its hard to swallow loving the sport as I do, but I’m sure for Walters it was even a harder one to swallow. He and Sosa will put this one behind themselves and move on with their bright careers.