Garden City's Ortiz KO'd in 2nd round
By BRETT MARSHALL
By BRETT MARSHALL
In a nightmarish flashback to Sept. 17, 2011, Garden City native boxer Victor Ortiz saw his future career shrouded in uncertainty when he was knocked out with one second left in the second round by Luis Collazo Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
More than two and a half years ago, Ortiz, 26, was KO'd by Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with just one second remaining in the fourth round when he lost his WBC World Welterweight title.
Thursday's scheduled 12-round fight was for Collazo's WBA International Welterweight Championship.
Late in the second round, Ortiz landed a hard left to the upper chest of Collazo, which opened himself up for a right hook by Collazo that rocked Ortiz. Collazo followed with a left and then finished off Ortiz with another right hook that sent Ortiz to the mat. Ortiz took the 10-second count and the referee called it at 0:01 of the round.
It was a disappointing finish for Ortiz, who had last fought on June 23, 2012, when he suffered a broken jaw in the ninth round against Josesito Lopez for the WBC Silver welterweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Ortiz has now lost his last three bouts and has a career record of 29-5-2, while Collazo, 32, improves his mark to 35-5-0. It was a hometown favorite crowd as Collazo grew up in nearby Queens, N.Y.
Ortiz, who was born and grew up in Garden City as he rose up through the amateur boxing ranks, now resides in Oxnard, Calif.
The fight, seen worldwide on FOX Sports 1, had seen Ortiz come out the aggressor in round one, landing 12-of-40 punches to Collazo's 9 of 40. Final fight stats had Ortiz landing 30-of-100 punches compared to 31 of 108 for Collazo.
In the end, however, it was the big right, followed by a left and another right, that doomed Ortiz.
Today is Ortiz' 27th birthday.