Vergil Ortiz Jr. (20-0-0, 20 KOs) defeated Fredrick Lawson (33-4-0, 22 KOs) on Saturday evening at The Theater at Virgin Accommodations Las Vegas in Las Vegas through a questionable first-round stoppage by referee Tony Weeks.
Ortiz Jr., 25, returned from a 17-month layoff to make his debut within the junior middleweight division (156 kilos) and would have in all probability been higher off with some extra rounds to take away the rust.
Lawson, 34, at no time regarded wobbly whereas up in opposition to the ropes as Ortiz delivered blow after blow that principally landed on his gloves. He’ll seemingly attraction the early stoppage.
Ortiz Jr. will not be phased by the controversy and immediately set his sights on the division’s champion, Tim Tszyu, who he desires to struggle in Australia.
Tony Weeks below hearth for one more unhealthy stoppage
Weeks, 67, had one other early stoppage in Might 2023 when he gave Rolando Romero a TKO win over Ismael Barroso regardless of the ultimate alternate together with each fighters getting hit.
The Nevada State Athletic Fee has but to deal with the difficulty almost a yr later and can seemingly do the identical in Weeks’ newest controversy.
Ortiz Jr. in all probability would have gained the struggle in opposition to Lawson within the first few rounds, anyway, and deserves zero blame for Weeks’ early stoppage, however that will not cease boxing followers from redirecting their frustrations at him.