ORTIZ PUNISHES COOPER
Ortiz demolishes Cooper
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Dream Team Boxing Promotions served notice to the South Florida boxing scene tonight with their debut card in front of a packed house at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center. The celebratory atmosphere resulted from years of experience and enthusiasm as well as serious hard work from promoter Henry Rivalta. Judging by the electricity in the standing-room only arena and the competitive bouts in the ring, Rivalta and his gregarious business partner, Carlos Rodriguez look to be living the Dream.
Cuban southpaw heavyweight sensation Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (8-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Philadelphia veteran “Smokin” Bert Cooper (38-23, 31 KOs) by TKO at 1:29 in the second round of their scheduled 10-round main event.
Ortiz looked like a “Blond Bomber” as he entered the ring with his hair dyed white. The younger, fresher Ortiz looked supremely confident dismantling the savvy ring veteran in front of him with straight lefts and right hooks to Cooper’s midsection. Ortiz flashed amazing speed and reflexes with a strong left hook to force Cooper to stumble backwards. Ortiz pounced and unloaded a blistering one-two at the bell.
The second round found the shorter Cooper attempting to bull into range and try to land something meaningful.
Ortiz would have none of it and stood Cooper up with a thudding right jab followed by a blistering left cross to plant Cooper on his back. Cooper beat the standing-eight count and ate another wicked combination that put him back on the canvas. Referee Frank Gentile once again administered the eight-count and Cooper once again rose to his feet. Urged on by shouts of “OR-TIZ, OR-TIZ, OR-TIZ”, Ortiz once again turned up his attack and brutalized Cooper with straight lefts and right hooks, leaving Cooper in a defensive shell. Gentile realized the veteran wasn’t responding to the assault and called a halt as the crowd exploded in ecstasy.