LAS VEGAS — Whatever legal baggage Victor Ortiz is dealing with, he dropped it off before walking into the MGM Grand ring Saturday.
The 21-year-old Oxnard fighter battered New York's Jeffrey Resto, knocking him down twice in the first round and once in the second before referee Russell Mora stopped the fight 1 minute 19 seconds into the round.
Ortiz (23-1-1, 18 knockouts) was the subject of a heated confrontation earlier in the week when his former promoter, Bob Arum, accused the boxer's managers of deception that included a bankruptcy claim by Ortiz and a subsequent move to Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. Arum maintains he'll appeal the bankruptcy ruling, win back Ortiz's services and sue the managers.
Ortiz showed how valuable a commodity he is against Resto (22-3), unleashing his powerful left in the first-round knockdowns. In the second minute of the next round, he came forward with a barrage that staggered Resto and his right uppercut to the jaw was the last punch of the fight.