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Luis Ortiz: I'll Ask To Go On Disability - So Joshua Fights Me!

Staples Center, Los Angeles - Heavyweight southpaw Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) returned to the ring with a resounding victory, scoring a devastating second round knockout (2:08) of former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu (16-4, 9 KOs)
 
Ortiz landed 42 percent of his power shots (eight of 19) while Cojanu landed just two of 13 (15%) in the short fight.
 
Ortiz was emotional after the fight. He told SHOWTIME's Jim Gray that just five days ago he learned doctors have found a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a disease his daughter suffers from.

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"Thanks to God they found a cure for my daughter's disease," Ortiz said. "My wife told me while I was boarding the plane to get here. It's been hard to be away from them. I'm happy I won, but it's been really hard to be away from them."

Both fighters were coming off losses in heavyweight world title fights. Ortiz was fighting for the first time since challenging Deontay Wilder in a 2018 Fight of the Year candidate. The 6-foot-4 Ortiz wasted little time knocking out the 6-feet-7½, 269-pound Cojanu, returning for his first fight since challenging then-WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker.

"In my mind, King Kong has not been defeated. I don't feel I lost against Deontay Wilder. I want to fight [Anthony] Joshua, but he only fights boxers he's sure he can defeat. I'm going to ask the government to put me on disability, maybe that way Joshua will fight me."
 
In the telecast opener, Mario Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs) remained undefeated recording his sixth straight stoppage with an eighth-round TKO of Jose Roman (24-3-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight match. Each of the judges, as well as SHOWTIME expert scorer Steve Farhood, scored the fight 80-70 in favor of Barrios at the time of the stoppage as Roman's corner didn't answer the bell for the ninth round.
 
San Antonio's Barrios relied on effective body work in dominating the fight, connecting on 61 of his 133 body shots. He connected on 44 percent of his power punches (104/239) compared to 26 percent for Roman (34/132), who had just five body shots on the night.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=BoxHec;19005562]You are a crappy dude, probably like all people into your entourage, so I will not waste my time to argue with morons like you anymore, I don't read your entire message who is certainly full of BS, you know…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;19005681]He cant fight against unranked guys in HIS sanctioning bodies as champion or non title holders in the WBC ! You're to much of a retard to know about boxing in general let alone the rules so i wont hold…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=larryxxx..;19005622]Joshua can make a voluntary defense man..stop with the lies[/QUOTE] He cant fight against unranked guys in HIS sanctioning bodies as champion or non title holders in the WBC ! You're to much of a retard to know about boxing…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;19005595]This thread still going ? And Ortiz still doesnt know about the rules of various things like HAVING to be ranked outside the WBC to fight Joshua ? :burnout: Ortiz has certainly ventured into Wilder territory here with empty call…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 08-08-2018

This thread still going ? And Ortiz still doesnt know about the rules of various things like HAVING to be ranked outside the WBC to fight Joshua ? :burnout: Ortiz has certainly ventured into Wilder territory here with empty call…

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