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Marcos Maidana stopped Victor Ortiz early in the sixth round of an action-packed fight last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, using a punishing right hand to upset one of boxing's top prospects.Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs), a 140-pound Argentine who fights mostly in Germany, was knocked down three times in the opening two rounds of his first fight in this country.

Yet Maidana also flattened Ortiz in the first round, and he steadily landed punches until Ortiz finally was forced to stop, his face badly cut and terribly swollen."I went down, but I got up because I have a big heart," Maidana said.

"I saw that Victor felt my punches, and I said, 'I know I can win this.' "Ortiz (24-2-1) was the most promising youngster in Golden Boy Promotions' stable of up-and-coming fighters, but the Kansas native couldn't maintain his aggressive early pace and took far too many big shots.

After he was rendered unsteady and bloody from the final knockdown, the ringside doctor stopped the fight.Ortiz had knocked out his last eight foes, but the talkative fighter was left practically speechless by Maidana's power and resilience.

He finished with a large cut near his right eye and a badly damaged left eye."I don't know what happened," Ortiz said.

"I wasn't in the zone tonight.

He packs some power behind those punches.

I usually keep composed, and tonight I wasn't.




I made some mistakes.

I wanted to take my time and finish him, but I was hurt."Ortiz connected on 42 percent of his 177 punches.

Maidana was much busier with 293 punches, connecting with 23 percent.Ortiz couldn't live up to the expectations of an enthusiastic crowd supporting him in his first main-event bout in his adopted Southern California home.

Ortiz had never headlined a card in such a large venue, but Oscar De La Hoya was eager to turn him into a star.Abraham cleans upUndefeated Arthur Abraham successfully defended his IBF middleweight title with a technical knockout of fellow German Mahir Oral in the 10th round of their fight in Berlin.Abraham improved his record to 30-0 with his 10th consecutive defense, though none have been against top-level challengers since he won the title in December 2005.Armenian-born Abraham knocked down Oral in the fourth, sixth and 10th rounds, the last forcing the referee to call the fight.
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