Watching the first six minutes of Saturday night’s fight between heavyweight brute Luis Ortiz and perennial also-ran Malik Scott, you could be forgiven if you thought the fight was all over bar the shouting.
Not so as Scott sprinted, squirmed and dodged his way to a triumphant decision loss that the American could probably retire happily on following questionable losses in the past.
As against Deontay Wilder previously, it was clear Scott wanted no part of the current WBC champion’s punches from the get-go and ducked out of the fight without taking the full force of the Alabama slammer’s blows.
Then against Dereck Chisora, a six-round stoppage did little to change anybody’s mind about Scott’s ability to take blows and react in a manner that would give him sufficient credit to be labelled a decent contender.
In the Ortiz fight, Scott clearly jumped to the floor on three occasions and questions should really be asked about these kind of tactics, especially when fans are paying good money to see top division action in the most lucrative division.
The first knockdown early on could have meant serious dive accusations for Scott had referee Jean Robert Laine not engaged in the slowest count since Mike Tyson knocked Buster Douglas down in 1990. Fifteen or so seconds elapsed as Scott looked for a way out, an episode that dealt with correctly, would have given Cuban Ortiz another knockout may have pushed the considerable hype train on another notch.
As it stands, Scott won’t face any consequences as he managed to manoeuvre his way to the end of the bout, whilst some blame has to go to Ortiz who refused to let his hands go fully in his debut under the Matchroom banner.
I’m sure fans ringside and watching around the world would have been pleased to have been spared another nine or ten rounds of the contest they ultimately witnessed, though, in what was a completely unforgettable fight out of which Scott should be given no credit whatsoever.