Ortiz Didn’t Quit!
By Manuel Perez: Let me get some things straight for all the critics that have come out of the woodwork after Victor Ortiz’s 6th round stoppage loss last weekend against Marcos Maidana. Ortiz didn’t quit and wasn’t about to quit at the time the fight was stopped. The referee is the one that took Ortiz over to the ringside doctor and he was the one that said the fight should be stopped after he saw what a mess of a cut that Ortiz had over his left eye.
I don’t know where people get this idea that Ortiz quit. He may have said some things after the fight about not wanting to lay down for anyone, but that doesn’t mean he quit. As far as I can tell, Ortiz fought like a warrior until the fight was stopped in the 6th.
He got dropped, true, but he only had partial vision because his cut was leaking blood into his right eye and he couldn’t see a thing out of the eye. He wasn’t really hurt at the time of the stoppage. His vision was the problem. When you get a cut as bad as Ortiz’s cut, it’s almost impossible to fight with it. The bout should have been stopped as soon as the cut occurred because no way was Ortiz going to be able to fight effectively with blood pouring all down his face and everywhere.
Ortiz was ahead in the fight at the time that the bout was stopped. That was pointed out by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who also said that Ortiz had fought the wrong fight against Maidana. I don’t necessarily agree with Oscar on that. I think Ortiz was doing a fine job until he got cut over his eye. After the cut happened, you might as well forget it.
Ortiz owned up to the loss and said that he’ll be better next time out. I completely agree with him. Next time, if there ever is one, he’ll beat Maidana easily, because Ortiz will choose to box and move. Its okay to slug with Maidana, but Ortiz needs to stay clear of getting hit with rabbit punches or any of the other roughhouse tactics that Maidana sometimes uses.
Ortiz is more of a craftsman and doesn’t know how to fight in a wild brawling style that Maidana uses. He’s very skillful and hasn’t been exposed to fighters with the brawling style that Maidana uses. Ortiz should be proud for the way he fought. He gave it his all and when he couldn’t fight anymore because of the blood, he went out on his feet like a true warrior. There’s no greatness in being beaten and left on the canvas.
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