LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marcos Maidana stopped Victor Ortiz early in
the sixth round of an action-packed fight Saturday night, using a
punishing right hand to upset one of boxing's top prospects.
Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs), a 140-pound Argentine who fights mostly in Germany, was knocked down three times in the opening two rounds
of his first fight in this country. Yet Maidana also flattened Ortiz in the first round, and he steadily landed punches until Ortiz dropped to the canvas, his face badly cut and terribly swollen.
Ortiz (24-2-1) was the most promising youngster in Golden Boy
Promotions' stable of up-and-coming fighters, but he couldn't maintain his aggressive early pace and took far too many big shots.