Vergil Ortiz Jr Remains Unbeaten in Dallas
By Gary Kittilsen
Golden Boy’s blue-chip welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr came out like he was shot out of a Texas canon in the opening round of his homecoming bout in Dallas, Texas against “Relentless” Antonio Orozco.
Ortiz hurt his man badly to the body in the opening moments of the opening round and stayed on the aggressive pouring on unanswered power shots.
The rugged Orozco was able to survive the moment, but the Dallas crowd erupted in a VERGIL-VERGIL-VERGIL chant, cheering on the hometown fighter, as Ortiz once again unleashed a lethal barrage of power shots on his opponent hurting him again late in the first round with a right hand and left hook to the body. Ortiz was in complete control throughout the first two rounds consistently tagging the aggressive Orozco with pinpoint accurate right hands as he came rushing in.
Orozco lived up to his nickname and stayed “relentless” and was able to get inside the long jab of Ortiz and land a few big shots here and there in the third and fourth rounds, scoring with short left hooks and backing Ortiz into the ropes.
Despite staying aggressive throughout he was never really able to get Ortiz in any serious trouble and any success “Relentless” had in the third and fourth round were short-lived and Orozco began to wear down.
The Texan was able to slow the pace of the fight down in the fifth and began picking Orozco apart. Setting him up with a shotgun like a jab which opened up opportunities for Ortiz to land his thudding right hand and left hook with stunning accuracy and power.
As Orozco was tiring Ortiz seized the moment and went in for the kill in the sixth round. Scoring with a left uppercut that put Orozco down to one knee less than a minute into the round. Orozco got to his feet and tried to survive, but another blistering right hand put him back down for a second time just seconds later.
Orozco courageously got to his feet one more time, just barely beating the count. Instead of trying to hold and survive, Orozco walked towards the fire once again. Once again Ortiz scored with a vicious left hook sending Orozco to the canvas for a third and final time. Referee Mark Calo-oy to immediately rushed in and waived off the bout off at 2:16 of the sixth round and give the 21-year-old sensation the biggest win of his young career.
There were two other highly touted Texas prospects featured on the televised portion of the card.
Bantamweight Joshua Franco fought Oscar Negrete to a draw for the second time in 10 months. This was their third bout in the exciting trilogy. Franco took the second fight via split decision. The other two ended in a draw.
In the first televised bout undefeated lightweight prospect put on a boxing clinic in outclassing veteran opponent Ezequiel Aviles over 10 one-sided rounds. Tanajara improved his record to 18-0 winning every round on every scorecard. It the postfight interview he proceeded to call out fellow Golden Boy lightweight Ryan Garcia.
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