Jamaine Ortiz Wins, Kroll-Taylor Fight To Draw On ShoBox
ORLANDO, Fla – Live from the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla, we saw lightweight Jamaine Ortiz turn into a turn contender beating Nahir “Woo” Albright via a ten-round decision. Most impressive was the fact that Ortiz spotted Albright two rounds to start the bout, but then would win seemingly every round after as his speed, was his power in this fight.
The judges saw the bout as 98-92, 97-93, and 97-93 all for Jamaine Ortiz, as the east coast fighter who recently spent time in Vasyl Lomachenko now has a career-defining win against an emerging top-tier fighter. For Ortiz, this should get him in the mix to compete for fights at the top of his division.
The opener a good one on paper, but not in the ring. Undefeated welterweight Paul Kroll, kept his unbeaten record alive, fighting to a split-draw against Marquis Taylor, but the fight was anything, but a barnburner. Taylor seemed to outwork Kroll, who seeemed to get tired in the mid-rounds. The judges felt the fight was close, and Taylor a hard-luck fighter with one losses, and a lot of wins coming from the wrong corner, missed out on a big moment in his career, on a huge platform.
Heavyweight Norman Neely was taken six-rounds by Rodney Moore, as this should be a learning experience for Neely that power doesn’t always work early in fights. Moore has an unsexy record, but could be one of the biggest learning lessons of the young heavyweights career.
The Adorno brothers are no longer with Top Rank it seems, and Jeremy Adorno, the younger of the two, fought and stopped Trayvion Butts in the first round.
A super middelweight bout between Joseph George and Sean Hemphill was called off fight week, as first reported by The Ring. Hemphill withdrew from the fight with an undisclosed injury that occured on his final day of sparring, last Friday – a week ago.