In front of an electric crowd at the Theatre at Grand Prairie, local phenom Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KOs) brought the fireworks in his much-awaited hometown debut in the form of nonstop power punches that eventually delivered Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KOs) his first knockout loss in the sixth round.
Streamed live on DAZN, the welterweight fight marked the first ever boxing card at the Theatre at Grand Prairie – incidentally, the same venue in which Ortiz Jr. graduated from high school just three years ago that saw tonight a packed house filled with his former teachers, coaches, and classmates as well as family and friends who witnessed “the Pride of Grand Prairie” extend his undefeated knockout streak. This pivotal win earned Ortiz Jr. the WBA gold welterweight belt and brings the serious contender yet another step closer to earning a title shot.
In the co-main event, volume punchers Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs)went mano a mano in a highly-anticipated trilogy fight and NABF & WBA jnternational bantamweight title bout that went the distance and saw more than 1,800 punches thrown between the two rivals, but was ultimately declared a split draw by the judges. With the first of their epic encounters also a stalemate and the second a controversial split decision win in favor of Franco, the question as to whether a fourth clash might take place inevitably lingers.
In an undercard stacked with action and local Texas talent, Hector Tanajara Jr. (18-0, 5 KOs) landed more than twice as many punches and ten times as many jabs to defeat Ezequiel Aviles (16-4-3, 6 KOs) by unanimous shutout decision, defending his USNBC lightweight belt in the process.
Earlier in the evening, welterweight Marcelino Lopez (36-2-1, 21 KOs) dropped Daniel Echeverria (21-9, 18 KOs) to the canvas multiple times before chalking up his 21st professional KO. Also, Travell Mazion (14-0, 12 KOs) defeated Jeremy Ramos (11-6, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision after an 8-round super welterweight slugfest to remain undefeated, while hometown favorite and super welterweight Alex Rincon (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Joel Guevara (4-6-1, 3 KOs) with a devastating right hook to also maintain his unblemished record.
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Ortiz vs. Orozco Fight Card Results
Vergil Ortiz vs. Antonio Orozco
Vergil Ortiz shined in his toughest test to date. The young Ortiz found himself with a sturdy veteran in Orozco who had plenty of heart to test Ortiz early on. After 6 rounds, Ortiz finally found his mark and finished the job dropping Orozco three times before securing the knockout and impressing in front of his devout fans.
Joshua Franco vs. Oscar Negrete
Joshua Franco and Oscar Negrete went the distance once more and this time to a split draw in Texas. The fight had a lot of back and forth like their previous bouts. Both men landed clean shots but no winner was able to be declared tonight. Final scorecards read 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.
Hector Tanajara vs. Ezequiel Aviles
Hector Tanajara put on a boxing clinic against Ezequiel Avilez for 10 rounds. Tanajara put together nice combos and displayed a beauty of an uppercut on his way to a dominant victory. All three judges saw the bout 100-90. After the win, Tanajara wasted no time and called out Ryan Garcia, his fellow Golden Boy stablemate.
Marcelino Lopez vs. Daniel Echeverria
Marcelino Lopez of Argentina dominated in his fight against Daniel Echeverria. Lopez dropped his opponent 3 times in the bout and Echeverria had no answer. Lopez improved his record to 36-2 with 21 knockouts.
Travell Mazion vs. Jeremy Ramos
Austin, Texas’ Travell Mazion remained undefeated and improved to 15-0 with 12 KOs with a win over Jeremy Ramos. Ramos gave Mazion as much as he could handle and landed some clean shots of his own. Mazion took the shots well and played to the Texan crowd any chance he could. Final judges scored read 78-73 X2 and 80-71 respectively.
Hector Valdez vs. Rafael Alexander Delgado
Hector Valdez found himself in a tough scrap with Alexander Delgado for all 6 rounds. Both fighters entered the ring undefeated but it was Valdez who kept his record intact when it was all said and done. Final scorecards read 59-54 and 58-55 X2 respectively.
Alex Rincon vs. Joel Guevara
Alex Rincon joined his brother George in the winner circle with a second-round KO victory over Joel Guevara. Rincon remained patient and found his openings early on. Guevara found himself stunned in the last seconds of the first round but managed to survive. Rincon finished the job in the second with a three punch combination and Guevara was not able to make the count.
Tristan Kalkreuth vs. Kynndale Prather
The newest member of the Golden Boy family, Tristan Kalkreuth, made his pro debut in front of his hometown fans and shined. Prather applied pressure early but was quickly met with well-timed shots that floored him and ended his night early.
George Rincon vs. Rafael Reyes
George Rincon, one half of the Rincon Brothers from Dallas, increased his undefeated record to 8-0 with a win over Enrique Escobar. Rincon found early success dropping Reyes in the opening bout and closing the show in the second. The official stoppage came at 2:13 of round number two.