Yunier "The Knockout Doctor" Dorticos in white against Eric "Danger" Fields in blue. (Rafael Orellana/Living Out Loud LA)
Yunier Dorticos is now the new cruiserweight undefeated champion with a 17-0 record after having an impressive victory over reigning champion Eric Fields on Wednesday night at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
After being touching the canvas in the first round, Dorcitos showed a lot of heart by dominating the later rounds.
With only 12 seconds left in the fourth round, Dorticos flabbergasted Fields twice by landing a straight right that sent Fields flat on his back onto the canvas.
“Dorticos has never gone passed the sixth round and my goal was to make him fight all the way and win or get the KO,” said Fields after suffering a third loss in his career.
“He’s a very strong fighter, strong puncher, and I give him a lot of credit for what he was able to accomplish tonight,” added Fields.
Dorticos, who has won all his fights by knockout, was stunned in the first round as Fields was able to put him on the canvas for the first time in his career, but Dorticos was able to recover quickly by giving Fields a little taste of the canvas later in the first round.
“He caught me cold,” Dorticos said of the surprised early KO fields was able to land. “I was able to weather the storm. I came to the ring a little cold”
Dorticos admitted that he didn’t come into the fight looking for a KO.
“I came prepared to fight. I knew what the goal was and kept that insight. I stayed with my game plan and was able to execute a victory,” said Dorticos.
Fields had nothing but positives things to say about Dorticos’ KO. He was appreciative that Dorticos took on the fight, but surprised by the way he lost.
“I underestimated him and that is something I should not have done. Like I said, his style is strong, he can take hits, and counter attacks very well.”
After Field was knocked out cold on the canvas, he was able to get up and the referee Jack Reiss did a mandatory 10-second countdown in order to determine if Field was able to continue, but Fields stood like calf.
“When the knockout happened and I stood up, I was trying to maintain my balance to continue the fight, but I was unable to recover. Usually when a KO happens we are trained to learn how to recover quickly, but his punch was very strong and the opening that he got was very good. I did not expect that right coming at all,” said Field.
Fields will continue to fight and strongly made it clear that boxing is not over for him. As for Dorticos, his plan for 2014 is to win a World Title.
Heavyweight: Charles Martin (15-0) vs. Alex Flores (14-0)
Middleweight: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1) vs. Fulgencio Zuniga (26-8)
Welterweight: Chris Van Heerden (20-1) vs. Ray Narh (26-4)
Middleweight: Louis Rose (9-1) vs. Emanuel Ledezma (12-1)