Luis Ortiz Crushes Matias Vidondo in Three Rounds

By Thomas Gerbasi

New York City, Madison Square Garden - Two fights removed from his controversial bout with Lateef Kayode in 2014 that saw him win the interim WBA heavyweight crown and then get stripped of it for failing a post-fight drug test, Cuba's Luis Ortiz picked up that title a second time, knocking out Argentina's Matias Ariel Vidondo in three rounds.

After getting his rhythm during an uneventful first round, Ortiz began opening up his attack in the second, and with less than 30 seconds remaining, he fired off a three-punch combination that sent Vidondo reeling into the ropes. As he bounced back toward Ortiz, the Cuban landed a right that put the Argentine on the canvas.

That was the beginning of the end, as Ortiz closed the show with a right-left early in the third that put Vidondo down and prompted an immediate stoppage by referee Shada Murdaugh at the :17 mark.

With the win, Ortiz, who now makes his home in Miami, Florida, moves to 23-0 with 20 KOs and 1 NC; Rosario, Santa Fe'’s Vidondo falls to 20-2-1.

The WBA's "regular" champion Ruslan Chagaev and his mandatory challenger right now is Lucas Browne. The WBA's super champion at the weight is heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, who next month takes on Tyson Fury.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 10-18-2015

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;16142352]Ortiz beat an overmatched opponent. Let's keep things in perspective[/QUOTE] I'm with you on this one. He has a great amateur background but his best win is over a washed up Monte Barrett. He is 36 with a failed drug…

Comment by soul_survivor on 10-18-2015

Let's have Ortiz v Chisora/Chagev/Browne, the dregs of the hw division, see how he does then he can start calling for Wlad.

Comment by Kell Mercury on 10-18-2015

With steady progression and a shot at the Chagaev Browne winner I can see Ortiz being the next WBA mandated challenger to Klitschko, he may very well be one of the most credible opponents to come through in the last…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 10-18-2015

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;16142352]Ortiz beat an overmatched opponent. Let's keep things in perspective[/QUOTE] When the top guys clearly want shyt to do with you, you can only defeat what is in front of. I'm not getting overly carried away but Ortiz is evidently…

Comment by Weltschmerz on 10-18-2015

Ortiz looked good, I'd like to see him with a top 10 guy.

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