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26th July 2020
By: Michael Frank
On Golden Boy’s first fight card since Coronavirus stalled the boxing world, rising welterweight star Vergil Ortiz Jr. dismantled Samuel Vargas in 7 rounds. Without head trainer Robert Garcia in his corner, Ortiz handled adversity well and earned the 7th round TKO victory. Paying tribute to the late Travell Mazion, the 22-year-old phenom showed zero ring rust and used his power jab to control the fight.
A well-balanced approach helped the heavy-handed southpaw dominate the first four rounds. Blood and swelling quickly became a problem for Vargas in the second round, then an onslaught in round three and four emphasized the Ortiz advantage.
As expected, the durable Vargas held his own and withstood the strong surge in the early rounds. The 5th round saw Vargas rebound as he landed consistent body shots that seemed to back off the relentless pressure. After the off-round from Ortiz, he responded aggressively with a flurry of punches. A strong uppercut sent blood flying from the mouth of Vargas. Once Ortiz smelled blood he used a combination of body shots and over the top hooks to finish off the fight.
After a steady pounding in the 7th round, referee Jack Reiss waved off the fight with at the 2:58 mark, saving Vargas from embarrassment. The first time Ortiz has seen the 7th round as a professional proved to be no problem for the youngster. Golden Boy’s new “badass” as Oscar De Lay Hoya said, showed the world that he’s more than just a one-dimensional slugger. The pride of Grand Praire is a legitimate title contender.
In the co-feature, Shane Mosley Jr. beat Jermey Ramos by unanimous decision in an 8-round middleweight fight. The biggest mismatch of the night between Seniesa Estrada and Miranda Adkins ended dramatically only 7 seconds into the first round. Estrada landed the first-round KO after a 4-punch combination that ended with a strong left hook.
Golden Boy boxing successfully returned with an impressive fight card highlighted by a dominating victory for Vergil Ortiz Jr. He’s the real deal and will be one of De La Hoya’s top fighters for years to come.
Photography – Hogan Photos