December 19, 2015. Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings at the Turning Stone in Verona, New York for the Interim WBA World Heavyweight.
In this Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings post-fight review, we will take a look at what actually happened tonight in the HBO Boxing After Dark main event, in which the Cuban boxer hurt Jennings consistently early on in the combat, then finished him off in the 7th round.
Ortiz (25-0, 22 KO) showed tonight that his strength is the real deal, as Jennings (19-2, 10 KO) had never ever been stopped in his career, and he was in serious threat as a result of Ortiz’s thudding blows in the 1st round. Jennings bounced back in the 2nd round rather nicely before being hurt in the 3rd and then recovered again in the 4th.
However from there, Ortiz appeared to take over the bout, a little bit at a time. Jennings wished to be on the inside but kept staying a touch too long, where Ortiz was able to fire back with ferocious uppercuts. The 5th and 6th rounds were really solid for the Cuban pugilist, with Jennings boxing perfectly to open the 7th before that final uppercut landed him on the ground.
Jennings did stand up and attempted to carry on; however, Ortiz went for the kill clipping Jennings using a right hook that sent him stumbling once again, and then another left hand which had Jennings trembling all over, compelling the referee to stop the bout.
Clearly, it’s a great win for Ortiz, the greatest of his professional career, and it surely puts him in the running for a world title bout next year.