Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In an all-out Mexican-style shootout, WBC #6 super lightweight Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (34-7-1, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-5-2, 26 KOs) to successfully retain his WBC International silver super lightweight title on Saturday night at the Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Both fighters savagely tore into each other from the opening bell. Ortiz dropped Cano in round one and had him badly hurt, but Cano ended the fight with a brutal barrage that put Ortiz on the deck prompting a referee’s stoppage in the following stanza.
“I want to thank Golden Boy, my training team and all of the people here,” said Pablo Cesar Cano. “I’m happy that I was able to demonstrate my skills tonight. I trained very well. Ortiz was a great opponent. We were aware of how strong he was and how much power he had in his shots. He caught me early, but because of my conditioning I was able to recover well and go for the knockout.”
“I came very well prepared,” said Roberto Ortiz. “I prepared knowing full well that Cano is very strong. I have known him for a long time, and I know how powerful he is. I was able to connect on him early in the fight, but his strong will allowed him to come back and stop me.”
In other action, WBC #26 flyweight Ricardo Sandoval (17-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Gilberto Gonzalez (15-2-1, 12 KOs) Sandoval dropped Gonzalez twice in round five to end it.
Making his pro debut, 2016 Olympic light flyweight gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov scored a second round KO over Jesus Cervantes (9-8, 5 KOs).