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Vergil Ortiz KO's Antonio Orozco in 6
GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS (Aug. 10, 2019): Knockout artist Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KOs) defeated Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (28-2, 17 KOs) in the sixth round of their 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Welterweight Title. The event took place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas and was streamed live on DAZN. Ortiz stopped Orozco at 2:16 of the aforementioned round.
"I'm going to be honest. I don't like the way I did in the fight," said Vergil Ortiz Jr. "I don't even know how many rounds we went; that's how into the fight I was, but the first three, four rounds, I could have done way better. I definitely have a long way as a boxer to reach that world champion status. But we're going to keep making those improvements, and we're going to learn from this fight. I've been getting all these KOs. I've been saying that they haven't been getting in my head, but as you can see in that first round, I got a little excited. Maybe I could have ended it, maybe not, but I had to force myself to slow down, and I'm just going to learn from this fight."
"Everyone knows that Grand Prairie is the grandest of all the cities in the world. We have the best people, the best work ethic, and the best kids that are going to grow up to be something one day. And I just want to set an example for each and every one of you guys, whether you're kids, teenagers, or adults. You can do it if you put your mind to it."
"Vergil caught me slipping; that's all I can say," said Antonio Orozco. "We kind of got him in the ring and in the fight, but he is an excellent fighter and I can't take anything away from him. I have to go back and talk to my team to see what's next. So far I have four kids and my wife waiting for me at home, so I'm going to spend some time with them."
In the co-main event Joshua "The Professor" Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas and Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. fought to a split draw in a 10-round battle of non-stop action for the NABF and WBA International Bantamweight Titles. The scores consisted of 96-94 for Franco, 96-94 for Negrete and one score of 95-95.
Hector "El Finito" Tanajara Jr. (18-0, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas successfully defended his USNBC Lightweight Title against Ezequiel Aviles (16-4-3, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. via unanimous decision in a 10-round battle. Tanajara won with three scores of 100-90.
Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (36-2-1, 21 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina scored a fifth-round knockout victory against Daniel Echeverria (21-9, 18 KOs) of Durango, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight. Lopez won at 2:54 of the aforementioned round.
Travell "Back Magic" Mazion (15-0, 12 KOs) of Austin, Texas defeated Jeremy Ramos(11-7, 4 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico via unanimous decision in an eight-round super welterweight slugfest. Mazion won with two scores of 78-73 and one of 80-71.
Alex Rincon (7-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored a second-round knockout victory against Joel Guevara (4-6-1, 3 KOs) of Charleston, Virginia in a six-round super welterweight clash. Rincon stopped Guevara at :58 of the second round.
Tristan Kalkreuth (1-0, 1 KOs) of Arlington, Texas made a successful professional debut by stopping Kynndale Prather (0-2) of Olathe, Kansas in the first round of a cruiserweight fight originally scheduled for four rounds.
Hector Valdez (11-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas beat Rafael Delgado (6-1, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. via unanimous decision in a hard-fought six-round super bantamweight battle. Valdez won with two scores of 58-55 and one score of 59-54.
George Rincon (8-0, 5 KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated Enrique Escobar (17-7, 14 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina via knockout in the second round of a six-round super lightweight fight. Rincon won at 2:13 of the aforementioned round.
Joshua Juarez (9-0, 4 KOs) of Laredo, Texas beat Emmanuel Sanchez (7-14-1, 1 KOs) of Jackson, Missouri via unanimous decision in a six-round light heavyweight bout. Juarez won with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56.