Undercard results from MSG: Ortiz, Johnson, Madiyev, Hooker

Before the big name stars step onto the canvas, up and coming boxers enjoy the thrill of competition at the Mecca of Boxing.

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Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz made it a short night with a second round knockout. Photo: Fino Boxing
Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz made it a short night with a second round knockout. Photo: Fino Boxing

NEW YORK, October 17, 2015 – The lineup supporting the Golovkin vs. Lemieux middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York Saturday is one of the strongest in many years. For the younger boxers hoping to rise up through the rankings and score victories, there is no bigger thrill than stepping into the ring at the venue called the “Mecca of Boxing.”

The seats might not be filled, but the experience remains memorable. Communities Digital News has results in the five strong bouts on the undercard.

The first spectacular knockout came in the first round courtesy of Cuban heavyweight Luiz Ortiz of Miami (23-0, 19 KOs), dropping Matias Ariel Vidondo (20-2-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina in a way only a big heavyweight can fall. Vidondo made it out of the round, only to be dropped for good 17 seconds into Round 2. Vidondo was an unknown from Argentina, a medical student with a big heart but no chin to match.

“I deserve this win and deserve to fight the best,” said Ortiz after the bout. “Vidondo did hit hard, but he wasn’t good enough to face me. Everyone can see that I dominated the fight. I want to fight the best and I want Golden Boy Promotions to keep its promise and get me the best. I am ready for Klitschko, I know he is running from me. I am going to come after him,” vowed Ortiz. A few more intermediate steps would be the wiser choice.


Tureano Johnson of Nassau, Bahamas (19-1, 13 KOs) won a record-setting unanimous decision over Eamonn O’Kane of Ireland (17-2-1, 5 KOs), but it was not the “shock the world” kind of statement win Johnson wanted to make his case for stepping up to an elite level.

Johnson came out aggressive and made an early statement, dropping O’Kane twice in the second half of Round 1. O’Kane survived, and to his credit, hung in tough for the rest of the fight. The game O’Kane applied pressure going mainly to the body of Johnson. Against a more dangerous foe like GGG, Johnson would be hurting.

Johnson set a record for the most power punches landed in a 12-round middleweight bout, 396 of 687 for 58 percent. The previous record was held by Bernard Hopkins with 375 punches against William James in 1996, which was actually an 11-round bout stopped by TKO.

“This is my first time going 12-round and man does it feel good,” said Johnson. “It was a tough fight. No matter how many times O’Kane went down he kept coming at me. I have respect for him as a fighter. Winning this title eliminator really makes everything for me come full circle and legitimizes me as a true threat in the middleweight division. You know this was a great fight that everyone enjoyed a true brawl, very Mexican Style.  This is the beginning for me, the sky is the limit.”

Perhaps Johnson will now get the step up in competition he wants. Johnson has called out GGG and Lemieux, but he might well get the likes of Miguel Cotto should be beat Canelo Alvarez next month. Cotto should feel fairly confident seeing Johnson’s inability to stop O’Kane Saturday.

Golovkin’s Summit stablemate and fellow Kazakh Ruslan Madiyev (6-1, 3 KOs) had an easy contest against Sean Gee of Chicago (2-3), winning a unanimous decision by 40-35 (X2 an 39-36) in his four round super lightweight bout. Madiyev had a flash knockdown early in Round 2. The Kazakh fans filling the seats got the chance to warm up for the main event, chanting “Ka-zakh-stan, Ka-zakh-stan.” Max Golovkin and Abel Sanchez also got a warm-up in Madiyev’s corner. “I’m very happy with my performance, it was an honor to fight on such a big card here at Madison Square Garden …Thanks very much to Gennady for having me on his card. I look forward to fighting again as soon as possible.”

In a six round lightweight bout that went the distance, Lamont Roach Jr. of Washington DC (9-0, 3 KOs) won a unanimous decision in a 59-55 shutout on the scorecards over Jose Bustos of Mexico (7-6-3, 4 KOs). Bustos presented little challenge for Roach, but he needs to improve his accuracy and press a little harder when he is making progress to successfully step up his level of competition.

In the opening contest, Maurice Hooker of Dallas, Texas narrowly defeated the ‘other’ Canadian on the card, Ghislain Maduma of Montreal by majority decision to win the NABO Junior Welterweight title and remain undefeated (19-0-2, 14 KOs). The scores were 95-93 and 95-94 for Hooker; 95-93 for Maduma (17-2, 11 KOs). Hooker started strong, scoring a knockdown in Round 4. It was the difference maker in the bout. Maduma had several strong moments scoring with several sharp punches to Hooker’s head, but couldn’t quite finish him then. Hooker used his reach to score and stay elusive.

“Maduma was a good fighter. He came prepared to fight,” said Hooker. “By the fourth round, I grew confident that I was in the lead once I dropped him. But I grew too confident I think and that is when he caught me by surprise in the sixth round. I wasn’t as focused as I should have been so I made sure to listen to my corner and keep him at a distance with my jab for the remaining rounds.  I feel that I am ready for a bigger fight and feel confident I can make a statement at 140 pounds. I would love a shot at Broner or any Golden Boy Promotions fighter at 140 pounds, like Antonio Orozco, I can take him.” The result received a chorus of boos from Canadian fans at the Garden also supporting David Lemieux.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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