Former WBC Heavyweight title challenger Luis Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs, 2 NC) delivered a reminder to the boxing public with a 45 second knockout win over Alexander Florez on Saturday Night.
The fight ended almost immediately as it started, Ortiz handed a big right hand and Florez surprisingly fell to the canvas. After making it back to his feet, the referee Thomas Taylor noticed, he was then limping and favoured his right foot.
Taylor immediately rapped his hands around Flores and waved an end to the scheduled 10 round bout, just 45 minutes into the fight. The fight which aired on Fox was the main event of a four fight telecast which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Flores said in an interview with FOX’s Heidi Androl after the fight, that he got his eyes injured in a clash of heads with Ortiz, which made home go blank and also left his legs numb.
The 41 year old, Ortiz was fighting for the first time since his seventh round knockout loss to former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder almost a year ago. Ortiz led the fight on all three scorecards in their rematch before getting knocked out by a furious right hand in a FOX televised card at the MGM Grand Arena.
Ortiz initially prepared to face Scott Alexander (16-3-2, 8 KOs) but that was off after the later got a positive COVID 19 Result. That paved the way for Flores (18-3-1, 16 KOs).
The technical knockout loss, marks the third time Flores has lost via knockout in his 10 year professional career. Joseph Parker, former WBO heavyweight champion and Former IBF champion Charles Martin were the first to score Knockout victories over Flores.