1974-02-16 Bruno Arcari w disq 8 (15) Antonio Ortiz, Barcoruffini Sports Palace, Turin, Italy - WBC

From Barry Hugman's History of Championship Boxing
Revision as of 21:03, 18 January 2012 by Andy (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

1974-02-16 Bruno Arcari w disq 8 (15) Tony Ortiz, Barcoruffini Sports Palace, Turin, Italy - WBC. Referee: Rudolf Drust. In trying to rough the champion up from the start, Ortiz (136½), who twice fell out of the ring, forced the action with some wild punching, but very little accuracy. Unfortunately, Arcari (138¾) got caught up in a brawl early on before he began to take control in the fourth when mixing up heavy body blows with solid shots to the head. It was also in this round that Arcari was cut over both eyes after Ortiz was guilty of dangerous headwork, a tactic which saw the Spaniard receive a public warning. Regardless of that, Ortiz still charged into Arcari when it would have probably been more advantageous to utilise his longer reach, and it was no surprise when he received another reprimand for his headwork in the clinches. By the eighth, the southpaw champion was still landing the punches that counted and with Ortiz continuing to ignore the earlier warnings about using his head as an additional weapon, the referee had seen enough and threw him out on the 1.20 mark. Arcari relinquished the WBC version of the title in August due to weight- making difficulties.