Ortiz TKOs Corral

By Robert Ecksel on July 30, 2017
Ortiz TKOs Corral
The former champ was on a mission and the Mexican paid the price. (Ryan Hafey/PBC)

Ortiz has abandoned his flirtation with showbiz so he can concentrate on boxing. Hollywood can wait. Boxing cannot…

Sunday afternoon at the Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California, in a fight televised live on FS1, former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs), the southpaw from Ventura, California, by way of Garden City, Kansas, returned to the ring after a 15-month hiatus to stop overmatched Saul Corral (23-10, 14 KOs), from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, at 1:26 of the fourth round.

Fighting out of the blue corner in black in gold trunks, Ortiz entered the ring having lost four of his last six fights coming in. But he was in tiptop condition and pressured his opponent while strafing him with straight left hands and right hooks.

Corral, fighting out of the red corner in grey trunks with yellow trim, had lost two of his last four fights. But he came to fight and occasionally nailed Ortiz, but the former champ was on a mission and the game Mexican paid the price.

“Corral is a great fighter who hits hard and I definitely felt it,” said Ortiz after the fight. “Top of the line boxers like myself, we hang in there and we perform to the best of our abilities. It was my first time back in a while and it’s just the beginning.”

Ortiz has abandoned his flirtation with showbiz so he can concentrate on boxing. Hollywood can wait. Boxing cannot.

“There’s nothing easy about going up against a guy like Saul Corral,” Ortiz added. “We worked hard and I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready.”

Ortiz repeatedly bulled Corral to the ropes and Corral was penalized a point in round three for excessive holding after receiving four warnings from referee Jack Reiss.

The end came midway through the fourth when Ortiz landed a short chopping left followed by a right that dropped Corral to the canvas. He made it to his feet at the count of eight, but Reiss had seen enough and waved it off.

After his long layoff, Ortiz was a little rough around the edges. But he’s just getting his feet wet and presumably will be fighting again on a regular basis, now that the silver screen no longer beckons.

“There are a lot of names out there in the welterweight division,” he said. “At this point I’m going to let my team guide me, because I’ll always be ready for anybody.”

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