Luis 'King Kong' Ortiz stops Alexander Flores in just 45 seconds to edge closer to WBC title shot against Tyson Fury
LUIS ORTIZ edged closer to a shot at Tyson Fury's WBC belt with an incredible win over Alexander Flores.
The Cuban heavyweight, 41, demolished his opponent in just 45 seconds as he made his return to the ring.
It was Ortiz's first fight since his defeat to Deontay Wilder in November 2019.
But he made no mistakes as he wiped out Flores within the first round in Los Angeles.
Ortiz landed a huge left hand before a solid right hook left the 30-year-old on the canvas.
American star Flores, who suffered the third defeat of his career, was unable to continue.
Ortiz now boasts an impressive record of 32-2 including 27 knockouts.
The victory has strengthened Ortiz's position as the No3 in the WBC heavyweight ranks.
Fury – who looks braced to scrap European champ Agit Kabayel next month – is the title holder.
Alexander Povetkin is the mandatory challenger following his win over Dillian Whyte.
But the pair are set to have a rematch on January 30.
Oleksandr Usyk has also warned Fury and Anthony Joshua that he will become the 'undisputed world champion' following his win over Dereck Chisora.
Reigning WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champ AJ returns to the ring on December 12 in an IBF mandated defence against Kubrat Pulev, 39.
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