Not much happened in round one with Ortiz looking to land the big shot while Collazo got in a few nice counters. That all changed in round two. The end came suddenly at 2:59 of the second round when Collazo landed a fully leveraged right cross to Ortiz’s jaw that spun him around and had him headed to his knees. On the canvas, he was counted out by referee Benji Esteves. With the win Collazo of Queens, N. Y. is now 35-5 with 18 knockouts, while Ortiz of Ventura, CA drops to 29-5-2.
Insight from one of the sports’ top trainers, Henry Ramirez: “I will say this, I was shocked when I saw Ortiz was fighting Collazo after such a long layoff. Collazo has never been a tune up fight for anybody. I thought he beat Andre Berto and Ricky Hatton.
“My birthday was yesterday but I got my gift tonight and that was watching Ortiz get knocked out by Collazo. Let me guess what Victor is going to say, ‘Um, I won round one. Collazo got lucky in round two, he had his eyes closed and got lucky but he’s still not on my level.’ Lmao (laughing my a__ off), congrats to Collazo.”
The other gent on this Barclays Center fight card that you should be familiar with is the undefeated, 24 year-old, southpaw Gary Russell Jr. who fought seven times in California with one of those bouts taking place at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, a win over Feider Vilorio on January 28, 2011.
In Thursday’s contest he scored a tremendous 4th round stoppage of Miguel Tamayo in their scheduled eight round featherweight match.
As an amateur, Russell, from Capitol Heights, Maryland, was sensational. The 2005 USA Amateur Boxing Athlete of the Year award winner has extremely fast hands and controlled the first three rounds by going to the body. Then, in round four, he landed the big overhand right to hurt Tamayo and followed up with another right to drop him for the 10 count at the 1:04 mark of round four.
With the win Russell improves to 24-0-0 with 14 knockouts while Tamayo, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico drops to 15-8-2 with 13 KOs.