Vergil Ortiz Destroys Juan Salgado on ESPN
June 23, 2018
Anthony Saldana (93 articles)

Vergil Ortiz Destroys Juan Salgado on ESPN

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday Evening in downtown Los Angeles the Golden Boy on ESPN Series came to historic Belasco Theater. Headlining the four fight card was the undefeated heavy handed undefeated Golden Boy prospect, and rising star from Dallas, Texas Vergil Ortiz (10-0, 10 KO’s) kept his unblemished record and knockout streak alive when he took on and defeated the tough Mexican veteran and former two time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-9-1, 16 KO’s) Ortiz you recently switched trainers and is now under the tutelage of Robert Garcia looked impressive from the opening bell landing big laser like jabs and heavy combinations hurting Salgado early and often. Ortiz continued to have his way with Salgado in the early rounds as the Mexican veteran never could find an answer for the power and effective aggressiveness of Ortiz and in the third Ortiz landed a devastating left hook to the body that ended the night at the 1:52 mark of the third round. “Salgado was experienced and he showed it,” said Ortiz after the fight. “He did catch me a few times. Obviously, I’m not ready for the championship-level fighters, but I’ll be there in 2 years.”

In the Co-main event of the night another Golden Boy prospect, Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr. (14-0, 5 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas took on the previously undefeated Roger Gutierrez (18-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Maracaibo, Venezuela in an eight-round lightweight battle. Tanajara the undefeated 21-year old prospect who was fighting for the third time this year, made the most of his opportunity Saturday night, but did have his hands full in the early rounds as both him and Gutierrez fought a very technical battle using their reach and jab to keep each other at bay. By the third round Tanajara began putting together big three and four punch combinations and countering Gutierrez as his overall ring generalship and skills began to take over the fight. Tanajara continued to pop his jab and outbox Gutierrez in the middle rounds and after eight solid rounds of actions the judges returned with the scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74 all in favor of Hector Tanajara Jr.

In the Television opener newly signed Golden Boy undefeated Super Welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (9-0, 4 KO’s) of North Hollywood, California, battled Israel Villela (6-11, 2 KO’s) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled six round super welterweight bout. Kerobyan wasted no time as he came out firing on all cylinders landing vicious body shots and quick combinations to brutalize his opponent in the first round. The second round seen much of the same as Kerobyan never let off of the gas landing punches in bunches and forcing referee Raul Caiz to step in and call a halt to bout at the2:48 mark of the second round. After the bout Kerobyan stated

“I wanted to show that not only am I powerful, but I’m also very fast. I never consider any opponent easy, especially since anyone in the ring can hurt you if you’re not careful but  I want a world title in the future, and I’m ready to do what’s necessary to get that.”

To kick things off undefeated Middleweight, Meiirim Nursultanov (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Merki, Kazakhstan battled the tough Mexican veteran Josue Obando (16-21-1, 12 KO’s) in a

Six round middleweight bout. Nursultanov came out quick using a solid jab and his distance to control the tempo. Obando fought tough but stayed one step behind Nursultanov and in the sixth Nursultanov caught Obando with a barrage of punches forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout at the 1:37 mark of the round.




Anthony Saldana