Luis Ortiz Destroys Cojanu With Devastating Left in Two

By Keith Idec

LOS ANGELES – Luis Ortiz obliterated Razvan Cojanu on Saturday night.

In his first fight since Deontay Wilder stopped him in their heavyweight championship match, the Cuban contender knocked out Romania’s Cojanu in the second round at Staples Center. Ortiz drilled the 6-feet-7½, 269-pound Cojanu with a straight left to the middle of his face, which dropped his huge opponent with just over a minute to go in the second round.

Cojanu tried to get up, but fell face-first, through the two bottom ropes. He attempted to reach his feet a second time, only to stumble and fall again.

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That’s when referee Jerry Cantu stopped their scheduled 10-round fight on the Mikey Garcia-Robert Easter Jr. undercard at Staples Center.

The 39-year-old Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs, 2 NC) bounced back from his first loss in emphatic fashion. The 31-year-old Cojanu (16-4, 9 KOs) lost by knockout for the second time as a pro.

Ortiz fought for the first time since Wilder knocked out the strong southpaw in the 10th round of their title match March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz hurt Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) badly during the seventh round of that back-and-forth fight, but Wilder recovered, dropped him twice in the 10th round and stopped him.

Against this 6-feet-7 opponent, Ortiz set up the devastating shot that ended the fight with a right hook that opened up Cojanu for that punishing punch.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P to the J on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=RightJabLikeZab;18977255]The British public were SCREAMING! for a Joshua-Takam fight, though. Right?[/QUOTE] No, not really. The IBF were screaming for a Pulev mandatory and as we know, Takam had to replace him. Ortiz got a chance to go in a different…

Comment by Zn1 on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18986769]It was Molina who had Deontay on bambi legs. I've never seen Wilder take a good shot and not wobble or go down. Every time he's hit with a decent shot it's had an effect on him. Could you imagine…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=Sn1;18982417]Stiverne had him stifflegged too, and I remember another opponent that had Wilder on bambi legs not so long ago. He doesn't have a bad chin but it's nowhere near "legendary"[/QUOTE] It was Molina who had Deontay on bambi legs.…

Comment by P to the J on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=PBR Streetgang;18977018]Agree with your analysis. Ortiz KOs Cojanu while Parker goes the distance against same foe. Ortiz can't spark Malik Scott but Chisora does. Takam gives Parker problems and makes AJ look underwhelming while Chisora kayos him. It doesn't prove…

Comment by MONGOOSE66 on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18983372]People saying Ortiz is better than Klitschko because he Beat Jennings more impressively are deluded....Pacquiao beat the same competition more impressively than Mayweather...he was not the better boxer when they met, Chisora is also not better than Joshua and parker…

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