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Ortiz Jr. Improves KO Streak to 16


Rafael Valencia

Indio, CA- (July 24, 2020) – Golden Boy boxing made its return to the sports world as high rising star Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0 15KO’s) faced off against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2 14KO’s) of Colombia. Ortiz’s trainer Robert Garcia tested positive for Coronavirus and was replaced by Virgil’s father, Ortiz Sr. Ortiz Jr. wasted no time landing powerful shots to Vargas that echoed through the “no crowd” Fantasy Springs venue. Never going past the sixth round in his career, Ortiz Jr. found himself in unfamiliar territory when the fight went to the seventh round, Ortiz put the pressure on Vargas and landed devastating power shots that forced the referee to waive the fight off with two seconds left in the round. Wanting to make a statement in the already stacked welterweight division, Ortiz Jr. talked after the fight on who he wants to fight next.

Ortiz lands a power jab. Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos, Goldenboy Promotions

“I would like to fight Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. They’re good opponents I can beat. I want to take risks. I’m not here to take easy fights. I’m in the hardest division in boxing, so when I win a title it will mean a lot more.” Ortiz Jr. said.

“Vargas was tough and he was able to take a punch, he’s just a real tough guy but I felt like I could do whatever I wanted in there” said Ortiz.

Mosley Jr. Gets Unanimous Decision Win

In the co-main event, Shane Mosley Jr. (15-3 9KO’s) defeated Jeremy Ramos (11-8 4KO’s) by unanimous decision. Mosley Jr. connected some good body shots throughout the fight and was able to slow down Ramos who came to fight. Ramos was able to land a couple of counter punches after he looked to be in trouble. Mosley Jr. was able to connect 209 total punches at a 35% connect rate and had all cards in his favor 80-72(twice) 79-73.

“This was my first fight as a Golden Boy fighter. I’m glad I got the win and got to knock some dust off of me. It was different due to the circumstances. Ultimately, it’s still a fight.” Mosely said during a virtual press conference after the fight.

Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos, Goldenboy Promotions

Estrada Gets Cold Knockout In 7 Seconds

Seniesa Estrada (18-0 7KO’s) knocks out Miranda Adkins (5-0 5KO’s) in seven seconds and remains the WBC Silver Light Flyweight Champion. Estrada blitzed Adkins at the sound of the bell and connected two combinations that knocked Adkins out cold. Adkins was a replacement and took the fight on short notice.

“I want all the champions, I’m ready for it! At 105 lbs., 108lbs., or 112 lbs. I want Anabel Ortiz who has the WBA title at 105 lbs., and Yesenia Gomez who has the WBC title at 108 lbs. I want a world champion fight. Marlen Esparza, l will give her the rematch. Let’s go!” Estrada said during the DAZN broadcast.

Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos, Goldenboy Promotions

Valdez Improves to 13-0

Hector Valdez (12-0 8KO’s) dominated Josue Morales (11-11-4 1KO) to stay undefeated. Valdez was the aggressor and managed to keep Morales on the defensive the entire fight. Valdez earned a unanimous decision win 80-72 (twice) 79-73 by landing 140 total punches and connecting at a 27% rate.

Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos, Goldenboy Promotions

Sanchez Stays Unbeaten

Evan Sanchez (7-0 6KO’s) defeats Issouf Kinda (18-4 7 KO’s) by unanimous decision. Sanchez pushed the tempo throughout the fight and was able to land a right hand that dropped Kinda in the fourth round. The fight went to the score cards where all judges had Sanchez winning 58-54, 59-55, and 60-53.

About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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