Undefeated Golden Boy prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. took to Instagram to announce his return to the ring Sept. 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as a part of the Canelo-Golovkin 2 undercard. Though his fight will not be part of the HBO Boxing telecast, Ortiz’s Jr. along with the rest of the non-televised bouts will likely be streamed through the newly launched Golden Boy Promotions Live Fights on Facebook Watch.
Ortiz Jr. (10-0, 10 KOs) will attempt to improve his perfect knockout streak against former WBC Silver Super Lightweight Champion Roberto “Massa” Ortiz out of Torreón, Mexico in a 10-round super lightweight battle.
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At Ortiz Jr.’s last performance, the power punches echoed beautifully through the Belasco Theater as he punished Mexican super lightweight contender Juan Salgado (27-9-1,16 KOs) with vicious punches that earned him an impressive third-round knockout. A definite step up in competition, “Massa” Ortiz brings more pro-fight ring experience against younger the Dallas, Texas native who has yet to go the distance in any of his professional fights.
Ortiz is coming off a draw and two losses in his last three fights but is not to be overlooked as he packs decent power behind his punches. Out of his three losses, two are knockouts, and one of those knockouts came bt the hands of former WBC Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse in 2014.
Should Ortiz Jr. come out victorious, he’d rise in the Golden Boy prospect’s totem pole, which he already holds a high spot in due to his impressive power and thrilling consecutive knockout victories. Sparring world champions at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, Ca., such as four-division world champion Mikey Garcia is guaranteed to help polish and perfect Ortiz Jr.’s craft and improve his ring generalship.
In his last fight, Ortiz Jr. told Xicana Boxing he was prepared to go the distance, wanting to prove he has the skills and stamina to go the full rounds. However, it seems all his pro career opponents haven’t been able to survive his tremendous power for more than three rounds.
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“I didn’t think I was gonna get him out of there early,” Ortiz Jr. said after his last victory. “Or even get him out at all. I was expecting to go the distance, thats why I really kept my composure. I wasn’t trying to tire myself out just in case I did go the distance, but other than that I’m really proud of myself for getting him out.”
In this battle of the Ortizes, only one will rise victorious on Sep. 15. as they go to war to get the fans ready for the main event. As we say in Mexico, “Los van a dejar listos y calientitos” para el resto de la cartelera.