WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) knocked down aging heavyweight Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) three times en route to a sixth round knockout at the D.C Armory in Washington, D.C Saturday night.
Ortiz, with 362 amateur bouts under his belt, was last seen in the ring putting away heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings in seven rounds last year. He can box if he must, but prefers showing off the power he carries in his left hand.
Thompson, 44, who stopped prospect David Price twice in 2013, appeared to have unofficially retired after losing a decision to Malik Scott five months ago. He was languishing at home when the call came to fight Ortiz. Problem was he only had three weeks to get ready. Thompson predicted he’d knock out Ortiz.
Big mistake. Did he really think he was fighting another Price?