Victor Ortiz had no problems knocking out an absent Vivian Harris tonight. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Victor Ortiz met no resistance for the third straight fight, knocking out a mentally and physically shot Vivian Harris in the third round tonight at the Staples Center.
Harris (29-5-1, 19 KO) went down three times in the second round and was knocked out at 45 seconds of the third round by Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 KO). Harris clearly had nothing tonight, and looked like he didn't even want to be there. He landed one punch in the first round, which was as competitive as he got.
Ortiz is calling out the top names at 140, but those who think he's definitely ready for that might need to analyze what he's really done since losing to Marcos Maidana last year. In his four fights since, he's beaten three washed-up or shot fighters (Harris, Antonio Diaz and Nate Campbell) and one complete can (Hector Alatorre). Golden Boy has been exceptionally careful with Ortiz since the Maidana fight, rebuilding his reputation while hoping nobody notices that they're pretty much hand-picking what are easy fights. That he demolished Harris is no more a surprise than that he beat Alatorre, and he'll surely find the waters choppier if he gets back in with a top fighter. Ortiz is talented, but still rather unproven, and that's just the way it is.
As for Harris, he needs to retire. He's been knocked out hard too many times now.
We'll continue on with live coverage, as the Saul Alvarez-Carlos Baldomir fight is coming next.