Luis Ortiz scored a fourth round knockout of Monte Barrett tonight on Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1, stopping the 42-year-old veteran on an apparent broken nose when referee Raul Caiz waved the fight off after a left hand smashed the face of Barrett.
Ortiz (21-0, 18 KO) was landing good, clean shots on Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KO) from the first round on, and it seemed early that it was more a matter of when, and not if, he would stop the former world title challenger. Barrett fought cautiously, as though he were just trying to last a while, and didn't seem committed to doing much offensively. He says this is his last year in the sport, and it's probably past time for him to hang up the gloves. Barrett hadn't fought since July 2012, when he was knocked out in four by Shane Cameron.
Ortiz, 35, is working his way toward a potential title shot sooner than later. The Cuban has good skills and good power, and has sort of been the fighter that people thought Odlanier Solis would be, or at least a lot closer to that fighter than Solis has been. He's an intriguing wild card in the division right now.
19-year-old super bantamweight prospect Diego De La Hoya remained unbeaten, running his record to 4-0 (3 KO) with a six-round shutout win over Jaxel Marrero (1-2-1, 0 KO). All three scores were 60-53. De La Hoya put Marrero down on a right hand in the opening minute of the fight, and pretty much had his way from the get-go.
Gerald Washington (12-0, 9 KO) knocked out Skipp Scott (16-2, 10 KO) at 1:40 of the second round in their heavyweight clash, though the KO was controversial at best. Washington did hit Scott with a good shot and knocked him down, but he also hit him while he was down in plain sight of referee Dr. Lou Moret, who chose to do nothing and count Scott out as the Houston heavyweight tried to get up but couldn't stay on his feet. Scott's corner protested the stoppage, and they have every right to file an official complaint and see the bout's result overturned, too.
Dominic Breazeale's undefeated streak stayed intact, but his KO streak came to an end as he beat Nagy Aguilera over eight rounds in the TV opener. Breazeale (10-0, 9 KO) smacked Aguilera (19-8, 13 KO) around pretty good over the course of the fight, and referee Raul Caiz probably could have stepped in and stopped it on a few occasions, but it went the distance. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 79-73.