Vergil Ortiz to Headline Golden Boy on ESPN this Saturday
June 18, 2018
Anthony Saldana (73 articles)
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Vergil Ortiz to Headline Golden Boy on ESPN this Saturday

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

This Saturday night the heavy handed undefeated Golden Boy prospect, and rising star from Dallas, Texas Vergil Ortiz (9-0, 9 KO’s) looks to keep his unblemished record and knockout streak alive when he takes on the tough Mexican veteran and former two time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-8-1, 16 KO’s) live from the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles in the main event of the Golden Boy on ESPN series. “This is an amazing opportunity. I’ll be headlining a Golden Boy event for the first time and against a former world champion,” Ortiz said. “I’ve stopped all my opponents in my career, and I hope to do the same in my toughest fight yet.” The 33-year old Salgado who captured his first world title with a devastating first round knockout of Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares will look to play spoiler and prove he has one last championship run in him when he takes on Ortiz, “I know that people think that I’ll be yet another stepping stone for Vergil Ortiz Jr. But I want to tell everyone that they’re wrong. Mexicans do not back down. I’ve done away with predictions before, and this fight will not be the exception. You will all see a great fight on June 23rd in Los Angeles.” Stated Salgado. For the highly touted prospect Ortiz, on paper this will definitely be the toughest test of his young career. “This will be a dangerous fight if I don’t go in with the right mentality.” Stated Ortiz at a recent media workout. “Salgado is a very experienced fighter, but I’m also very experienced. Though I don’t have a lot of fights as a professional, I had a lot as an amateur, and I’ve been sparring with a lot of world champions. He can’t show me anything I haven’t already seen. This main event opportunity will get my name out there more, and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show.” For Ortiz, the Grand Prairie, Texas native who claimed the Junior WBC/NABF Super Featherweight title in his last bout in February, this will be his first fight under the tutelage of famed trainer Robert Garcia as Ortiz recently switched up camps and left trainer Joel Diaz. “Diaz is a great trainer and we did a lot together, ” said Ortiz. “nine and 0 with nine knockouts is as good as I could’ve hoped for. We just felt, to get the best out of me, we needed to go a different route.” Stated Ortiz. “I’m training with Robert Garcia now, and I’ve been working on using my head more and keeping my composure.”

In the co-main event of the night, another Golden Boy prospect, Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr. (13-0, 5 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas will take on the previously undefeated Roger Gutierrez (18-1-1, 15 KO’s) of Maracaibo, Venezuela in an eight-round lightweight battle. Tanajara the undefeated 21-year old prospect who will be fighting for the third time this year will look to make the most of his opportunity Saturday night “This is my first televised fight on ESPN, so I’m very excited about that. I know my opponent Roger Gutierrez is coming to win, so he’s going to bring the best out of me. I saw his fight against Rene Alvarado, and I know what I have to do. I know I pose more of a threat to him than Alvarado did. I think I have more experience than him because his record was built in Venezuela. He wasn’t used to the competition here. I’m looking to capitalize on that.” Said Tanajara.

In other bouts

Newly signed undefeated Super Welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (8-0, 4 KO’s) of North Hollywood, California, will battle Israel Villela (6-10, 2 KO’s) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled six round super welterweight fight in the night’s tv swing bout. The Armenian-born Kerobyan will look to make a name for himself and follow in footsteps of other countrymen including Vic Darchinyan, Vanes Martirosyan, and fellow Golden Boy stablemate, Azat Hovhannisyan. Kerobyan is also the first fighter under the management of former UFC Champion and current WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey. “This is my first official fight with Golden Boy Promotions. I don’t feel any added pressure now that I’m signed. I know what I’m capable of, and I know what I have to do in there. I’ll be fighting and staying at 154 pounds, but you never know what the future holds. If the opportunity presents itself to fight at 147 pounds for a belt, then I’ll drop down to welterweight. I’m happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions because they share the same vision as me: to move forward. Hopefully I can fight for a championship title within a year or two.

Undefeated Middleweight, Meiirim Nursultanov (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Merki, Kazakhstan will take on Mexican veteran Josue Obando (16-20-1, 12 KO’s)

And to kick things off undefeated Super Lightweight, Kevin Ceja Ventura (8-0, 7 KO’s) will take on an opponent to be named later.

Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado is a 10-round super lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Belasco  Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, Calif. Doors for the event open at 3:00 p.m. PT, and the first fight begins at 3:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream undercards beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado start at $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com and the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.

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