LOS ANGELES — Former interim heavyweight world titleholder Luis Ortiz kept himself in contention for another world title shot with a 10th-round stoppage of Travis Kauffman on the undercard of Wilder-Fury.
Ortiz (30-1, 26 KO's), 39, dropped Kauffman three times en route to the TKO, and dominated the fight from the opening bell.
“Of course I’ll fight the winner of the main event (Wilder vs. Fury). I want that second fight with Wilder. I want to fight anybody.”
Dominated is really an understatement. It was literally no contest, with Ortiz outlanding Kauffman 135-37 in total punches.
Ortiz was also warned for several low blows, but it did not have a factor in the outcome.
Kauffman (32-3, 23 KO's), 33, was knocked down for the first time in the sixth round with a blistering left hand. Ortiz, thinking the fight was over, climbed up to the second rope and began to celebrate, but Kauffman, with his tremendous heart and grit, got back up and continued to fight.
Ortiz dropped Kauffman again in the eighth round with a left hand, but that also was not enough to get him out. Kauffman went to the floor a third time in the 10th, but Ortiz pummeled him to force referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 1:58 of the round.