Ortiz Outpoints Scott in Snoozer

By Robert Ecksel on November 12, 2016
Ortiz Outpoints Scott in Snoozer
Malik Scott is a stepping stone with common sense. (Andrew Couldridge/Action Images)

“Malik was running around the ring and made it hard for me to fight. Everybody comes to see a show and see someone fight and brawl. It made it hard for me…”

Saturday night at Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco, former WBA World interim heavyweight champion Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (26-0, 22 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw from Miami, Florida, by way of Camaguey, Cuba, dropped trial horse Malik Scott (38-3-1, 13 KOs), from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three times on the way to a unanimous decision after 12 one-sided rounds to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

The final scores were 120-105 (Robert Hoyle), 120-106 (Stanley Christodoulou), and 119-106 (Nelson Vazquez).

Fighting out of the blue corner in white trunks trimmed in red and blue, Ortiz, with his Cuban pedigree and otherworldly power, has raised expectations sky-high. But he has been inactive for eight months, which perhaps explains the plodding, desultory performance against a man he was supposed to starch in the first round.

Scott, fighting out of the red corner in pink trunks with black trim, deserves some credit for Ortiz’s subpar performance. He put up more of a fight than anyone expected or appears willing to acknowledge, despite the knockdowns, despite being outworked and outpunched, despite having not fought in 11 months himself.

The HBO troika said that Scott was just “trying to survive.” Scott may be a stepping stone, but he’s a stepping stone with common sense. He knew better than to go toe-to-toe with Ortiz. Should he have stood in front of Ortiz and let him punch him? Had he decided to trade with “King Kong” it would have been good for HBO’s ratings and Ortiz’s record, but Scott would not have been the beneficiary. So, he picked his shots, few though they were, and succeeded in frustrating Ortiz who was swinging for the fences with middling success and forgettable results.

Ortiz may be a victim of his own success. He may believe the writers who trip over superlatives with the same lack of grace as they trip over syntax. But when Ortiz says, as he said earlier this week, “I’m willing to fight anyone, any champion, any place, and any time. I’m ready for anyone. Joshua, Wilder, Klitschko—I know I can beat all of them,” he has to back it up by stopping Malik Scott if his boasts are to be taken seriously.

Luis Ortiz might have had a bad night, to which he has earned the right. But WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got Scott out of there in one and half minutes, which made tonight’s fight feel endless as we waited for the knockout which never came.

After the fight Ortiz, echoing HBO, and sounding eerily like Manny Pacquiao after his loss to Floyd Mayweather, said, “Malik was running around the ring and made it hard for me to fight. Everybody comes to see a show and see someone fight and brawl. It made it hard for me.

“I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to knock him out, but he was moving around and made it hard.”

According to CompuBox, Ortiz landed 146 of 470 total punches thrown (31.1%) to 45 of 154 (29.2%) for Scott. In the power punch department, Ortiz landed 111 of 222 (50%) to Scott’s 42 of 135 (31.1%).

I have praised Ortiz in the past and hope to praise him in days to come. But if Luis Ortiz is all that he’s cracked up to be, he has to learn, however unlikely at the age of 37, how to make a reluctant warrior fight. Excuses satisfy no one, even those of us who don’t necessarily want to see a brawl. But a little boxing intelligence would go a long way and Ortiz, unfortunately, failed to reveal that intelligence in Monaco.

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  1. The Thresher 08:26am, 11/15/2016

    “Saying Ortiz is exposed makes you sound like those idiots on boxingscene”

    Koolz, who appointed you judge, and jury?

  2. Koolz 05:57am, 11/15/2016

    Ortiz fought like he didn’t want to be there.
    Don’t think he was exposed.  Just thought that he didn’t even want to be fighting a guy that wouldn’t engage. 
    Saying Ortiz is exposed makes you sound like those idiots on boxingscene

    Ortiz should take lessons from GGG on cutting off the ring.

    Probably one of the biggest joke fights I have seen as Heavyweight in a long time.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:37am, 11/14/2016

    Boxing fans are OK with cherry pickin’ because all this static about the ‘Sweet Science” aside, they get to see someone get beat up. When you push your punches like Sammy Vargas does this is way more than a disadvantage when you’re fighting someone like Garcia , it’s a disability.

  4. The Thresher 09:44am, 11/13/2016

    “Ortiz celebrated his 37th birthday recently….like about five years ago”

    Good line. I just borrowed it in an article I wrote on another site.

     

  5. The Thresher 09:28am, 11/13/2016

    Kong has been exposed.

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:27pm, 11/12/2016

    Scott weighs 250 plus pounds but he has a pencil neck, probably 15-16 inches tops and Ortiz couldn’t get him out of there. Ortiz celebrated his 37th birthday recently….like about five years ago.

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