SAN ANTONIO – Victor Ortiz made a successful return to the ring last night in San Antonio. Originally scheduled to fight Orlando Lora, a fight week change pitted the all-action Ortiz against Gilberto Sanchez-Leon.
It didn’t take long to realize the fighters were in a different class from one another, as Ortiz peppered Sanchez-Leon with power shots early to put him on the canvas.
Sanchez-Leon would hit the canvas again in the third round, and he never seemed to put up enough of a fight to win rounds from then on.
This was Ortiz’ second fight under the tutelage of Joel Diaz, and he showed some patience and seemed to be tighter defensively. He was also looking to set up his combinations with effective jabs, but abandoned the jab in the later rounds to load up on power shots in an effort to give San Antonio fans a knockout.
Sanchez-Leon, however, would not oblige and stayed vertical. During the seventh round, however, Sanchez-Leon’s corner had seen their man take enough punishment.
“In three years, I’ve had two fights,” Ortiz said. ” The first one went three rounds and this one went eight so obviously there’s a lot of rust within me, but that’s another excuse. I’m just happy to be back in the ring,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz never trailed on any of the scorecards. According to Compubox, Ortiz landed just four percent of his jabs, but connected on half of his power shots (214). Sanchez-Leon landed 20 percent of his total punches, connecting on just 37 of 189.
After the fight, Ortiz said he would like to take on the winner of the Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero card, but was leaving it in the hands of his team, who wants to take a slower, more patient approach.