In the 2nd round, Ortiz’s wild fighting style finally caught up to him when he was tagged by a hard right hook by Collazo while in the process of throwing another one of his own shots. The punch from Collazo snapped Ortiz’s head back, causing him to spin around and bend over facing the audience.
Collazo didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the helpless Ortiz by landing a left hand that barely connected to his head followed by a light right hook that sent Ortiz down on the canvas on his knees. Ortiz then stayed in that position while the referee counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the round.
I think it’s pretty much over for Ortiz at this point. This was his 3rd straight defeat, and I don’t see any point in him carrying on with his career. I can’t imagine Golden Boy Promotions wanting to keep him in their stable any longer. If they let him go, I suppose Top Rank will scoop him up and throw him in the ring with Manny Pacquiao in September, which would be a good thing for Ortiz, but a bad thing for boxing fans having to pay to see a mismatch like that.
Collazo must have been in a dream-like state after the fight, because he said “I want Floyd [Mayweather] here in New York. I want what the fans want.”
Other results on tonight’s card:
Emanuel Gonzalez UD 8 Victor Sanchez
Gary Russell Jr KO 4 Miguel Tamayo
Marcus Browne UD 6 Kentrell Claiborne
Zachary Ochoa UD 4 Jose Valderrama