Weekend Scorecard: Ortiz stops Martz, Truax stuns DeGale, HBO and ESPN undercard results, more!

Luis Ortiz returns; gets into it with Deontay Wilder

On Friday night, Undefeated heavyweight Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz made his return to the ring to face Daniel Martz in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight co-main attraction at The Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Miami, Florida. The fight was broadcasted live on FS1 as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series. Ortiz took round one as his launching pad, applying power and ultimately bringing Martz to his knees after a quick, yet strong combination. Although Martz did recover from his first flooring, it was no match to the returning power of Ortiz in the second round. Seconds into the second round, Ortiz delivers Martz a bout closing TKO, and shortly after calls out heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder, who had joined the FS1 broadcast ringside.

“I’ve wanted you and I’m going to bless you again with another opportunity,” said Wilder. “I was ready the first time. This is a new day for you. I think you’re one of the best heavyweights in the world and I want to prove that I am the best. We must fighter each other. You will have your fight.” (Source: PBC)

Caleb Truax stuns James DeGale to win IBF belt!

Major upset in London Saturday as unheralded American Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) stunned IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) via twelve-round majority decision to lift his title. Truax pressed the issue all night and DeGale looked slow, listless and uncomfortable in spots. After twelve rounds were complete two judges had the visitor up 116-112 and 115-112 with the third tally even at 114-114.

On the same card, IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (21-1, 9 KOs) pounded out a decisive twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Eduardo Ramirez (20-1-3, 7 KOs). Scores were wide and it was the fourth successful defense of the title for Selby.

Britian’s Anthony Yarde (14-0, 13 KOs) continued his assult up the light heavyweight ranks Saturday with a big fourth round stoppage of Nikola Sjekloca. The Budva, Montenegro charge had never been stopped before in his four previous defeats and was down in Rounds 2 and 4 vs. Yarde today before the slaughter was called to a halt.

HBO results from Las Vegas:

Miguel Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion Orlando Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the last time in his career. (Source: Golden Boy Promotions)

In what seemed like a dubious call in our opinion, Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs) was generously awarded a split decision victory over Tevin Farmer (25-3-1, 5 KOs) in HBO’s co-main event in Las Vegas. It was a good action fight but FightFan.com’s Ace Freeman had Farmer winning in a clear contest. Two judges had Ogawa ahead 116-112 and 115-113 while the third saw Farmer up 116-112. HBO felt Farmer won clearly as well.

In other action, Francisco Vargas scored a ninth round technical decision over Stephen Smith and Rene Alvarado upset Denis Shafikov via ten round split decision.

Loma-Rigo Undercard Results

In an exciting and violent clash, unbeaten junior lightweight Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KOs)stopped Bryant Cruz (18-3, 9 KOs) in Round 3.

Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (5-0, 4 KOs) pitched a four round shut-out in his first distance-fight blanking Luis Fernando Molina (4-4-1, 1 KO) over twelve one-sided minutes.

American Olympic stand-out Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KOs) made quick and easy work of Oscar Mendoza (4-3, 1 KO) in early action, stopping him in two rounds.

Photo: Dr. Ed de la Vega, DDS / Philboxing.com

Filipino super flyweight Aston Palicte (24-2, 20 KOs) scored a big victory on Friday night, stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in Round 5 of their main event in Round Rock, Texas. A big uppercut was the beginning of the end as Rodriguez took a knee and the bout was stopped. A major fight with Chinese star Rex Tso could be next for the big punching Filipino.

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