Welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr (14-0, 14 KOs) proved his standing amongst the sports best prospects, stopping Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KOs) in the sixth round at the Grand Prairie in Texas.
The 21-year-old Ortiz as expected was given good rounds by the stubborn Orozco who himself was considered quite the prospect in the earlier stages of his career, a fighter who up until last night had never before stopped, but all that changed once Ortiz had him in trouble in the sixth, showing the watching public the reasoning behind the hype that has surrounded him by dropping Orozco three times before the merciful stoppage by Referee Mark Calo-oy at the 2:16 mark.
“I don’t like the way I did in the fight,” Ortiz said. “First three or four rounds, I could have done better. I’ve definitely got a long way as a boxer to reach that world champion status.”
“I’ve been getting all these knockouts,” he continued. “I’ve said they haven’t gotten into my head, but you can see in the first round, I got a little excited. I had to force myself to slow down. I’m just going to learn from this fight.”
NOTHING TO SEPARATE FRANCO & NEGRETE AGAIN
For the second time in the trilogy between Batamweights Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) the judges were unable to split them, coming back with a draw on the scorecards after the ten round distance.
The first fight ended in a deadlock between the two fighters with Franco shading the second encounter but the third as many suspected would again be too tightly contested to crown a winner.
In a see-saw battle, Negrete was adjudged to be the busier of the two men but Franco based on the numbers was the more accurate as the judges came back with their tally of 96-94 for each and 95-95.