Vergil Ortiz Stops Fredrick Lawson In A Single Round

Vergil Ortiz stopped Fredrick Lawson in a single round as the referee, Tony Weeks, came under fire for an early stoppage.

The fight was set at 156 pounds as Ortiz fought above 147 for the first time. He collapsed during the pre-fight week for his scheduled bout with Eimantas Stanionis, which was then called off. After being hospitalized, it became clear Ortiz could not make 147. Any doubts about his power carrying through at a higher weight were dismissed.

Ortiz pinned Lawson on the ropes and caught his opponent with several right hands over the top, followed by a left hand to the midsection. Lawson stayed upright and covered up on the ropes. But since he was not firing back, Tony Weeks ended the fight, to Lawson’s surprise. The win kept Ortiz’s undefeated record and his 100 percent knockout rate as he moved to 20-0. Ortiz then called out Tim Tszyu

 

Post-Fight Comments

“I think he got saved. I was hurting him with all the jabs. [And] I wasn’t really putting anything behind it. You guys know what I’m about, I love to fight. I wish I could have kept going. [And] I need the rounds, but hey, I was hurting him with the jab, I stunned him with the jab and I didn’t even land it that hard.

 

“I’m sorry. But I’m ready for anyone out there. There’s a lot of fighters that I want to fight. [And] I know people would love to see this fight, so Tim Tszyu, with all respect, I would love to fight you. I think you’re a hell of a fighter, and let’s make it happen.

“It’s all business. I’m a competitive person, I want to fight the best. He wasn’t responding. I knew it was over. Fans want to see great knockouts and I understand that but I knew that it was getting really bad for him and I don’t think it was an early stoppage,” Ortiz said 

Full Card

Vergil Ortiz Jr. beat Fredrick Lawson via a first-round TKO

Ismael Barroso beat Ohara Davies via a first-round TKO interim WBA super lightweight title

Arnold Barboza Jr. beat Xolisani Ndongeni via an eighth-round TKO

Raul Curiel beat Elias Diaz via an eight-round TKO

 

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