A heavyweight boxer beaten in 46 seconds is having his salary withheld after authorities said the way he lost ‘raised some questions’

  • Alexander Flores suffered a 46-second loss to the former heavyweight title challenger Luis Ortiz on Saturday.
  • Flores threw only one punch in the fight, which did not land, and was hit in return with three of Ortiz's 10 punches, according to Compubox data.
  • The final blow was a glancing strike to the side of the body, which was enough to put Flores down and out for the count.
  • The nature of the defeat has raised questions as the California State Athletic Commission is now reviewing the match to ensure Flores fought to the best of his capabilities.
  • Until the review is complete, the commission is withholding the $80,000 Flores was due to receive.
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A heavyweight boxer's salary is being withheld after a commissioner said the way he lost so easily in 46 seconds on Saturday "raised some questions."

Alexander Flores was beaten by Luis Ortiz during a Premier Boxing Champions event held behind-closed-doors at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

According to Compubox data sent to Insider, Flores threw one punch which did not land and he was hit in return with three of Ortiz's 10 total shots.

The last of those punches appeared to strike Flores on the side of his body, having previously landed a couple of heavy left hands.

That bizarre strike to the midsection put Flores down and out for the count, in turn raising questions from the authorities.

It cost Flores the fight and, according to Andy Foster, the executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, it has cost him his fight purse. His earnings for the bout are currently withheld pending an investigation.

"I want to be very clear that all we're doing is taking some time to review it," Foster told The Athletic.

"We're not saying [he] did anything wrong at all. We need to take a look at this a little more than we have because [the conclusion] raised some questions … we just need more information."

Flores was due to receive $80,000 for his participation in the match, according to The Athletic.

Foster told the site that "the unusual nature of the fight being stopped" means the commission needs to review it.

"It's very rare, we hardly ever do this," Foster said.

Foster consulted with the ringside physician at the fight, together with the referee and a commission member, The Athletic said, and Flores will now be ordered to attend a hearing.

A review, in instances such as this, would be to determine whether Flores was intentionally not competing honestly or to the best of his ability.

Watch the final moments of Ortiz's 46-second finish of Flores here:

Ortiz advanced his pro boxing record to 32 wins (27 knockouts) against two losses with the win, while Flores fell to 18 wins (16 knockouts) against three losses after his defeat.

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