- By Miguel Maravilla Photos Credit: Lina
Vergil Ortiz & Oscar Negrete Media Day
Super lightweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. (9-0, 9 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, held a media day workout Tuesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Club in West Los Angeles as he goes up against former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-8-1, 16 KOs) in the LA Fight Club main event Saturday June 23 live on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Here is what Ortiz had to say.
"This is the first of many. It's good to be recognized and being in the main event for the first time, this is a good feeling. I'm looking forward to this experience,"
“Training has been great working with Robert Garcia, I have been sparring with Mikey Garcia and Jose Ramirez. Sparring with them has been great I have learned a lot,"
"I plan on giving my best fight to date. Explosiveness and excitement,"
In the co-feature bout Hector "Finito" Tanajara Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas takes on previously undefeated Roger Gutierrez (18-1-1, 15 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela in an eight-round lightweight bout.
"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 of me. I saw his fight against Rene Alvarado, and I know what I have to do,"
Ferdinand Kerobyan (8-0, 4 KOs), of North Hollywood, California will take on Israel Villela (6-10, 2 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled six rounds of super welterweight bout.
"This is my first official fight with Golden Boy Promotions. I am so excited. Training for this fight has been great. I plan on giving exciting fight and I am looking to get this guy out early,"
Fighters from the July 6 edition of LA Fight Club participated in the workout as NABF bantamweight champion Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) will return in an eight-round bantamweight fight against Dhiul Olguin (13-9-3, 9 KOs) in the main event.
"I'm excited to be back fighting in LA and being the main event. I am a natural 118 pounder. The opportunity was given to fight Rey Vargas at 122. I took the fight but it was a good fight, he is the best 122 pound fighter in the world. I'm just happy to be back,"
"I have a tough opponent. His record don't speak for who he is, this guy comes to fight,"
"If all goes well in this fight, hopefully I can enter the WBSS (World Boxing Super Series),"
Also at the workout were Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (13-0, 3 KOs) as she will return in the co-main event in an eight-round flyweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent and former Olympian Raul "Cougar" Curiel (3-0, 2 KOs).
"It feels great to be active and staying busy this year. I fought March 16 and May 4th. I was out 2 weeks, then back in the gym, off and then back in the gym,"
"Women's boxing has come a long way. I think it's on the rise,"
"Expect another great performance,"
"Training is well. I am working with Freddie Roach and it has just been a good experience,"
"I feel good, its been two weeks, sparring has been tough. Were on track and ready to fight,"
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