Photos: Vergil Ortiz Jr. Remains Flawless, Earns 16th Consecutive KO Victory
DAZN made its much-anticipated return on Friday night with the future of boxing and knockout artist, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) who earned his 16th consecutive knockout victory against the battle-tested Samuel Vargas (31-6-2,14 KOs) to remain undefeated. Ortiz Jr. used his speed and power to land nearly 50% of his punches, which resulted in the referee stopping the bout at the end of the seventh round. With a dominant performance tonight, Ortiz Jr. will continue his pursuit of a world title fight in the competitive welterweight division. Following his dominating win, the unbeaten Texas native called for fights with former welterweight world champions Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman.
Earlier in the evening, Shane Mosley Jr. (16-3, 9 KOs) earned a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Ramos (11-9, 4 KOs), and undefeated prospect Seniesa Estrada (19-0, 8 KOs) displayed her talents with a stunning knockout of Miranda Adkins (5-1, 5 KOs) seven seconds into the first round. Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs) and Evan Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) both remained undefeated after going the distance with their respective opponents.
Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“I didn’t really notice fighting with no fans. I’m so focused on the fight. With or without fans, it’s how we spar, so didn’t make a difference.
“I hit him to the body a lot. I don’t know how he didn’t go down. He was hurt the entire time – I asked him. I knew it was time to take him out. If it went to eight rounds he would have been hurt worse. When I take
rounds off like that I try to get used to timing, and miss some shots.
“I would like to fight Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. They’re good opponents I can beat. I want to take risks. I’m not here to take easy fights. I’m in the hardest division in boxing, so when I win a title it will mean a lot more.
“Against a guy like that, (I give myself) a solid B+. He brought it out of me, hardest opponent to date. My hands took a beating punching him the whole time, so when they’re healed I’ll be back.”
Shane Mosley Jr.
“This was a great experience. This was my first fight as a Golden Boy fighter. I’m glad I got the win and got to knock some dust off of me. It was different due to the circumstances. Ultimately, it’s still a fight. He came to win. I think it was a good performance from me, but I still have to add some more things to my game, like adding more punches to the
“I give Adkins so much credit because she stood up and took the fight. Due to the COVID situation we tried to get current champions, former champions, and Miranda was the only one who stepped in to take the fight. I had more experience than her in the professionals and amateurs, so I let my punches go and couldn’t stop. I knew the outcome would be a knockout for sure, but didn’t know how long it would take. God bless Adkins and hope she is okay.
“I want all the champions, I’m ready for it! At 105, 108, or 112 lbs. I want Anabel Ortiz who has the WBA title at 105 lbs., and Yesenia Gomez who has the WBC title at 108 lbs. I want a world championship fight. Marlen Esparza, l will give her the rematch. Let’s go!”
“I felt I had an OK performance. I give myself a seven out of 10. I was calm, which is good. But now I need to work on being calm and being active with my punches. Now I’m going to go back to the gym, and I hope to come back soon on another Golden Boy card.”
“I felt a little rusty in there, but I’m honored to be opening up for Golden Boy. I know a lot of people were watching. I hope to get a two-week break and come back very soon.”
12-Round Welterweight Bout @ 147 lbs.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) defeated Samuel Vargas (31-6-2,14 KOs) by KO at 2:58 of Round 7
8-Round Middleweight Bout @ 160 lbs.
Shane Mosley Jr. (16-3, 9 KOs) defeated Jeremy Ramos (11-9, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision
(79-73, 80-72 X2)
8-Round Light Flyweight Bout @ 108 lbs.
Seniesa Estrada (19-0, 8 KOs) defeated Miranda Adkins (5-1, 5 KOs) by KO at :07 of Round 1
8-Round Super Bantamweight Bout @ 122 lbs.
Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs) defeated Josue Morales (11-12-4, 1 KO) by unanimous decision
(80-72 X2, 79-73)
6-Round Welterweight Bout @ 147 lbs.
Evan Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) defeated Issouf Kinda (18-5, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision
(59-54, 58-55, 60-53)
Boxing on DAZN returns August 15 live from Tulsa, Oklahoma for the undisputed World Welterweight championship clash between undefeated Cecilia Braekhus and Super-Lightweight ruler Jessica McCaskill. If successful in her title defense on August 15th, Braekhus will extend her championship-defending streak to 26, which will shatter boxing’s most prestigious record held by Joe Louis for 70 years.
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