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Cano KOs Ortiz in instant classic

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.
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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.”

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