Lateef Kayode Furious With The Referee's Stoppage

By Rick Reeno

Lateef Kayode (20-1, 16KOs) is very upset with the outcome of Thursday's heavyweight showdown with Luis "King Kong" Ortiz (22-0, 19KOs). The fight took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

After going down early in the round, Kayode was stunned in the final minute - which promised Ortiz to trap him against the ropes and unload with combinations. Referee Robert Byrd jumped in to wave things off, causing a irate post-fight demeanor from Kayode.

"The first knockdown was a slip. I went down but it was a slip. The second shot, I was blocking [punches] and I was just coming out of it [from being hurt] and it was an unfair stoppage. You don't stop a title fight until someone goes down," Kayode said.

With the victory, Ortiz becomes the mandatory challenger to WBA 'regular' heavyweight champion Ruslan Chavgaev. Wladimir Klitschko holds the WBA's super title in the division.


User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FlatLine on 09-12-2014

I just saw the fight.. laughable stoppage, i bet that old @ss blind referee wears diapers to bed.

Comment by ИATAS on 09-12-2014

The stoppage was garbage though regardless if Lateeeeeeef was hurt prior or not. Now Ortiz was gonna win, but that doesn't change the fact the ref was an idiot.

Comment by manoamano on 09-12-2014

[QUOTE=parrish duke;14937383]You lost all credibility with this comment, Gonzalez landed 59 total punches... he gave a good effort, but was beaten to the punch all night - he landed some good sneaky one / two's , but his corner was…

Comment by Loque-san on 09-12-2014

You can't take this guy seriously. He even claimed the first knockdown was a slip lol. The stoppage was a little premature but not awful. Kayode should have held or punched back. He showed signs of life only after Robert…

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 09-12-2014

How does anyone know what he said though?

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