Heavyweight Luis Ortiz didn’t exactly blow doors off in tonight’s performance against Travis Kauffman, but the 39-year-old Cuban southpaw kept himself in the mix for another title shot with a 10th round stoppage victory on the Wilder-Fury pay-per-view undercard.
Ortiz (30-1, 26 KO) dropped Kauffman (32-3, 23 KO) three times en route to a 10th round stoppage win, winning every round pretty easily on the way.
Ortiz also hit Kauffman with a couple of clear low blows, in the third and ninth rounds, but they were’t a huge story in the bout.
Kauffman went down for the first time on a left hand in the sixth round, and Ortiz thought the fight was over, climbing up to the second rope and celebrating by pounding his fists on his chest.
But Kauffman was brave and game, and got up to fight on. He went down again in the eighth round on another left hand, both times getting caught while fighting in his own southpaw stance, as he switch-hit throughout the bout. Kauffman fell a third time in the 10th and final round, but once again he got up and fought on.
Ortiz, though, wanted to finish things, and unleashed a barrage of punches, battering Kauffman around the ring until the referee stepped in to stop the bout at 1:58 of round 10.