Thursday night in The Bubble might not be how most fighters would envision making their TV debut but Joshafat Ortiz (8-0-0 4 KOs) jumped at the opportunity.
The Puerto Rican born fighter has spent most of his life in Reading, PA, and does most of his training in Philadelphia. He’s also fought 5 of his 8 fights in the city at the 2300 Arena, Sugarhouse, and Parx Casino.
This time he Rashim Jefferson trained fighter was in Vegas to take on another undefeated opponent in Joshua Otra. It was solid matchmaking and seeing two young undefeated fighters risk the 0 usually leads to an exciting fight. Ortiz came out early and impressed in his first test on the national stage throwing to the body in the 6 round undercard fight on the Takam vs Forrest card put on by Top Rank boxing. He landed clean shots through the first three rounds whenever he wanted to. He was the taller fighter and used his reach and his quickness to attack from beyond Otra’s reach, coming in and then getting out before getting countered.
Being three rounds up didn’t suit Ortiz who kept coming in and attacking Otra. Otra was happy to fight on the inside, whereas the smaller man he had an advantage. The pace of these fighters increased as Ortiz pushed for a finish and Otra pushed for a comeback. Ortiz also suffered a setback in the form of a cut from a clash of heads in the 5th round.
The 6th round was all action as both fighters continued to push inside, firing wildly trying to hit the other with everything they had left. The fight ended with fists flying and then both opponents embracing each other.
Joshafat Ortiz would take the majority decision 58-56 on two cards, with judge Dave Moretti scoring the fight 57-57. Otra drops his first career fight as Joshafat Ortiz takes another step to becoming one of Philadelphia’s rising boxing prospects.