King Kong Squashes Tony the Tiger

By Robert Ecksel on March 5, 2016
King Kong Squashes Tony the Tiger
Ortiz KO’d Thompson, but it was a plodding, unsatisfying, one-dimensional performance.

Those who don’t know better will sing Ortiz’s praises, between humming verses devoted to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder…

Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC, in a stay-busy fight televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, interim WBA World heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), the undefeated knockout artist from Miami by way of Camaguey, Cuba, KO’d veteran Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs), hailing from the nation’s capital, at 2:29 of round six.

Fighting out of the red corner in red, white and blue trunks, Ortiz was effective if not spectacular in chopping down his 44-year-old opponent, who took the fight on five weeks notice when nobody else would.

Thompson, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in silver, used his experience to extend Ortiz. He also nailed Ortiz several times. But when the end came it came as no surprise and not a moment too soon.

Ortiz dropped Thompson in rounds one, three and six. Tony the Tiger is a tricky customer, but he came in weighing 263¾ lbs. and his soft midsection should have been an inviting target. But Ortiz was headhunting and rarely threw a body shot, let alone a jab, hook, uppercut or combination, in what was a plodding, unsatisfying, one-dimensional performance.

Those who don’t know better, or know better are aren’t telling, will sing Ortiz’s praises, between humming verses devoted to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Ortiz was effective, but King Kong’s performance fell short of being monstrous. He might have been fighting down to his opponent’s level. Or maybe he’s not as great as the win over Bryant Jennings suggests.

Ortiz has power. Perhaps that’s all he needs to defeated middling opposition. I was sold on Ortiz based on his last fight, but now I’m not so sure. Listening to Max and company laud Ortiz ha raised the bar. He sounds like the Second Coming of George Foreman. The Second Coming of Big George might come along, in a parallel universe, but there are serious doubts, based on Saturday’s performance, that it will be coming from Luis Ortiz.

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  1. Marat 07:52am, 03/08/2016

    Stranfe thaytin Boxers Info - no last   2 fights of KingKong
    (6 2015-12-19 Bryant Jennings 19 1 0 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA W TKO interim WBA World heavyweight title (supervisor: Matthew Podgorski)  25 2015-10-17 Matias Ariel Vidondo)

  2. Don from Prov 07:11am, 03/07/2016

    Looked more like first gear to me—

  3. Marco Poopio 07:39am, 03/06/2016

    You have to wonder how a fighter can enter a fight with bloated, flabby stomach. Conditioning is probably the most valuable tool in a fighter’s tool box, even more of an attribute than skill, speed, or power. How can someone have a flabby midsection after all the roadwork, sparring, floor work, table work, sparring, eating clean, etc.?? Obviously some of these flabby fighters view boxing as a hobby or part-time job. Sheesh, these guys are 20-30 something “athletes,” and have guts worse than 50-60 year old desk jockeys.

  4. Koolz 05:38am, 03/06/2016

    Ortiz never got out of Second Gear!

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