Luis Ortiz's power was just too much for Bryant Jennings tonight in the HBO Boxing After Dark main event, as the Cuban southpaw hurt Jennings repeatedly early in the fight, then finished him off in round seven thanks largely to a vicious left uppercut that sent Jennings face down on the canvas.
Ortiz (25-0, 22 KO) proved tonight that his power is the real deal, as Jennings (19-2, 10 KO) had never been stopped in his career, and was in real danger thanks to Ortiz's thudding blows in the first round. Jennings bounced back nicely in the second before again being hurt in the third, and then came back nicely again in the fourth.
But from there, Ortiz seemed to take the fight over, a bit at a time. Jennings wanted to be on the inside, but kept staying a bit too long, where Ortiz could fire back with uppercuts. And at distance, Ortiz seemed to get the better of things. The fifth and sixth rounds were solid for the Cuban, with Jennings boxing nicely to open the seventh before that last uppercut put him on the floor.
Jennings did get up and tried to continue on, but Ortiz went for the finish, as he should have, clipping Jennings with a right hook that sent him stumbling again, then one more left hand that had Jennings shaking all over, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Obviously, it's a big win for Ortiz, the best of his pro career, and puts him in the mix for a world title fight in 2016. Do you see anyone rushing to get into the ring with this guy?