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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The King Kong hype continues. Luis Ortiz scored three knockdowns and easily disposed of former world title challenger Tony Thompson in six rounds. The question all of us want answered is who can stop this Cuban monster?
HOMECOMING FUNERAL: Thompson is a D.C. native, but this homecoming was more like a sacrifice. Thompson went down from the first right hand Ortiz threw. The feat was repeated in the third with the southpaw left, and another one finished the job in the sixth. Thompson offered up meager resistance after seeing his shots had little effect.
Ortiz is the #1 contender for the WBA title. The champion, Tyson Fury, is rumored to be awaiting a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. That means Ortiz may have to settle for Lucas Browne, who knocked out Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday to win the “WBA World” title. Either way, HBO appears to be firmly backing King Kong.
JESSIE VARGAS TKO9 SADAM ALI: Wow! Jessie Vargas took all his frustration from the Bradley defeat (and not getting a rematch) out on Sadam Ali, who he systematically broke down with two big knockdowns and a ninth round TKO. The early rounds were very competitive as both guy got good work done — Vargas by finding a home for his counter right, and Ali using his speed to fire off 3-4 punch combos.
The problem for Ali was not being able to evade the right hand. A massive overhand right dropped him in the eighth. The fight would have ended there if not for the ref breaking the count to chastise Vargas for not moving to a neutral corner. It became a mute point since Vargas accomplished what he failed to do against Bradley — close the show in brutal fashion. Vargas landed head-snapping power shots throughout the ninth and forced the ref to call it.
Vargas’ first KO since 2011 couldn’t have come at a better time. He becomes a viable opponent for the Pacquiao-Bradley III winner, and delivered a career-best performance before an HBO audience.
On social media, there were some rumblings of a premature stoppage. You tell me.