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Luis Ortiz Scores First-round Knockout over Lateef Kayode

Luis OrtizLuis Ortiz scored a first-round knockout over Lateef Kayode to claim a vacant interim heavyweight belt Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Ortiz, a 6-foot-4, 234-pound southpaw, trapped Kayode in a corner and teed off on him with a two-handed assault of about 15 unanswered punches — although it was the first left hand that badly hurt Kayode — before referee Robert Byrd stepped in and waved it off at 2 minutes, 55 seconds.

Kayode complained about the quick stoppage of the fight but clearly was not throwing punches back and Bert had no choice but to stop the fight.

Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs), 35, a Cuban defector living in Miami Becomes one of three titleholders recognized by the WBA. which has created multiple world titles in the same division in order to generate more sanctioning fees.

Wladimir Klitschko  Is recognized as the heavyweight world champion and holds the main title.

Ruslan Chagaev, whom Klitschko owns a knockout win against, recently claimed the organization’s vacant so-called “regular” title. Ortiz, who still has never faced a top contender, picked up the interim version, which is third on the totem pole.

“I want to be world champion,” Ortiz said through a translator. “I just followed my corner’s instructions to pressure him and to be victorious. They also told me to pay attention and wait for the moments, and that the knockout would come.”