Ortiz beats Scott over 12 rounds

Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz defeated Malik Scott on points over 12 rounds to lift the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title in Monte Carlo.

The 37-year-old was way too good for his American counterpart to get his 26th straight victory via points tallies of 120-105, 120-106 and 119-106 in a frustrating fight against an opponent who has lost three times in 42 bouts.

Ortiz spent the night chasing his opponent around the ring where Scott slipped and fell to the canvas a number of times.

The Cuban kept trying to cut off the ring to land the odd decent punch and was rewarded in the mid-rounds when Scott was twice on the canvas with the referee giving counts while the American was slow to stand on both occasions.

As the rounds ticked by Scott circled the ring and stayed out of harm’s way in a fight void of any noticeable action.

After the fight, Ortiz said he was frustrated by Scott's game-plan, telling Sky Sports: "Malik was running around the ring and made it hard for me to fight.

"Everybody comes to see a show and see someone fight and brawl. It made it hard for me. I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to knock him out, but he was moving around and made it hard."