Victor Ortiz’s Comeback Flops, Drops Unanimous Decision to Robert Guerrero

Published 08/22/2021, 12:04 AM EDT


A welterweight bout between Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero was the co-main event on the night for the fight card between Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas. The two former champions returned to action after a long time away from the sport. 

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Ortiz last fought in February 2017 when he drew against Devon Alexander. Guerrero, on the other hand, last fought in September 2019 against Gerald Thomas. Both men had a lot to prove going into the fight, given how long they had been out of action. Guerrero went into the fight on the back of a three-fight win streak. Ortiz, on the other hand, had one win, one loss, and one draw in his last three fights. 

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Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero put on a terrific display of boxing

The fight started off well for Guerrero, who landed early and often. ‘The Ghost’ landed several perfectly timed uppercuts early on in the fight however, Ortiz did a good job of absorbing them. As the fight went on, Guerrero picked up the pace.

However, Ortiz came on strong towards the second half of the fight. Both men maintained a good pace throughout the fight, given they had been out of action for a long time. 

The common consensus going into round 10 was that both men were evenly matched and that round 10 would decide the winner. Guerrero was marginally ahead in punches thrown going into round 10 as well.

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However, at the end of 10 hard-fought rounds, it was ‘The Ghost’ who secured a unanimous decision win. Guerrero won the fight 96-94 on all three judges’ scorecards to register his first win since September 2019. In the process, he extended his win streak to 4-0. 

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The stats showed why a busier Guerrero was given the win. He landed 142 punches of 650 thrown. Ortiz, on the other hand, landed 127 out of 403 punches thrown. 70% of the fight was fought at close range where ‘The Ghost’ excelled.

What did you make of the fight between Guerrero and Ortiz? Do you think a unanimous decision in favor of Guerrero was the right call? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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