Victor Ortiz Scores Third-Round KO Over Vivian Harris
Victor Ortiz (pictured above, at right) knocked out Vivian Harris (above, at left) Saturday night on the HBO pay per view, Golden Boy Promotions Mora vs. Mosley undercard, giving one of boxing's brightest young stars an important victory.
Ortiz floored Harris with a left cross early in the second round, and then just 30 seconds later knocked him down with a hard right hand. Another half minute or so later and Ortiz knocked Harris down for a third time. There was no three-knockdown rule in effect, however, so the fight continued, and Harris actually landed a big right hand later in the round when Ortiz got a little careless going for the kill.
But in the third round Ortiz landed a short hook that knocked Harris down once more, and the referee stopped the fight without even counting.
"I just have to give a lot of credit to the coaches," Ortiz said afterward. "I've progressed quite a bit."
The result improves the 23-year-old Ortiz's record to 28-2-1 and drops Harris to 29-5-1.
Ortiz is one of the most promising young prospects in boxing, and he's also a likable guy who has put a troubled past behind him. Last year his demeanor both during and after a loss to Marcos Rene Maidana led some boxing observers to question whether Ortiz had the mental makeup of a champion, but there's not much doubt: He's back.