Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz was not very happy with his easy win over Malik Scott for the vacant WBA intercontinental heavyweight title on Saturday.
Making his European debut, Ortiz floored the listless Scott several times and won by a unanimous decision: 120-105, 120-106, and 119-106 on the judges' cards. He improved his unbeaten record to 26-0 with two no contests, and consigned Scott to a third defeat in 42 bouts, with one drawn.
Scott, whose other two losses were against fellow American Deontay Wilder and Britain's Dereck Chisora, once held a 35-0 record, and his quick feet, craft, and elusiveness were a credit to his boxing pedigree. But he hardly threw a punch against Ortiz, and was knocked down twice in the fourth round, once in the fifth, and once in the ninth.
The 37-year-old Ortiz has signed with promoter Eddie Hearn, meaning he could fight IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2017. Ortiz will now return on December 10th, as part of the undercard to Joshua's upcoming defense against Eric Molina in Manchester.
Hearn has promised a much better opponent for the Manchester card. He wants someone who will come to fight and test Ortiz's abilities in order to build the future showdown with Joshua.
Hearn told Sky Sports: "In my opinion, he was afraid from round one. I think Luis Ortiz should have forced the pace a little bit more to try and get him out of there, but he was frustrated himself. He's got to learn from that 12 rounds.
"Disappointing from Malik Scott. These guys have got to come to win and we will find someone on December 10 who will come to win, and then you will see the best of Luis Ortiz."
Ortiz looks forward to the opportunity and hopes to have a much more exciting fight for the fans.
"I'm ready," said Ortiz. "If Eddie Hearn says he's ready to put me on December 10, I'm ready to fight anybody."
"Malik was running around the ring and made it hard to come and fight. Everybody comes to see a show. They want to see people fight and brawl, and it made it difficult for me. I'm a little disappointed because I would have liked to knock him out, but him running around made it hard. But it's boxing, I won the fight, I'm happy."