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HBO Boxing highlights: Luis Ortiz blasts Bryant Jennings, stops him in 7th round

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Cuba's Luis Ortiz solidified himself as a top contender in boxing's heavyweight division with a knockout win over the USA's Bryant Jennings in HBO's Boxing After Dark main event.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury really really sucked to watch, but the big picture is that Klitschko lost and suddenly the heavyweight division is a bit more interesting. British HW prospect Anthony Joshua kept his undefeated record intact with a violent uppercut finish of Dillan Whyte last week, and this week we saw Luis Ortiz become the first man to finish Bryant Jennings.

The 36-year-old Cuban (24-0-2 NCs, 21 KOs) improved to with a 7th round TKO over Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs) in a pretty entertaining contest in upstate New York. Ortiz hurt Jennings badly in rounds 1 and 3 but couldn't put him down, and the Philly native did well to rally back from rough spots to take rounds 2 and 4. Ortiz started to take over from round 5 onward and sure enough the heavy-handed former amateur standout drilled Jennings with a left uppercut that put him down for the first time in his career. Amazingly, Jennings beat the count, but he was on rubber legs, and Ortiz capitalized and forced the referee to a standing stoppage.

Ortiz seems to be the real deal and hopefully Golden Boy Promotions realizes it and we start to see him in more prominent matchups next year. Jennings' only loss heading into last night was by decision to Wladimir Klitschko, and Ortiz had him hurt more than anyone else he'd previously faced.

In the co-main event, undefeated former featherweight champion Nicolas Walters made his 130 lbs debut vs. Jason Sosa, clearly won the fight (HBO and Bad Left Hook had it 100-90 Walters),  but New York's incompetent judges scored it a majority draw (96-94 Sosa, 95-95 2x) in what has to be a strong contender for robbery of the year.

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