- Vergil Ortiz Jr TKO-7 Samuel Vargas (2:58)
- Shane Mosley Jr UD-8 Jeremy Ramos (79-73, 80-72, 80-72)
- Seniesta Estrada TKO-1 Miranda Adkins (0:07)
- Hector Valdez UD-8 Josue Morales (79-73, 80-72, 80-72)
- Evan Sanchez UD-6 Issouf Kinda (58-55, 59-54, 60-53)
Round By Round
Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Samuel Vargas
Round 1: Jab to the body lands for Ortiz to start the fight. Vargas tries to jab but gets countered with a stiff jab. Vargas stands his ground a bit and gets picked off by another Ortiz left hand. Check hook lands for Ortiz, who then goes back down to the body with a jab. Left uppercut makes solid contact for Ortiz at the end of a three-punch combination. Vargas falls a little short on a body shot. Right hand followed by a jab comes from Ortiz now. Ortiz keeping his jab busy upstairs and downstairs and then finds a home for a left hook. Sharp jab lands again to the head for Ortiz, then another moments later. Ortiz has been making a lot of good contact early in the fight, which probably spells bad news for Vargas. More power shots land for Ortiz as Vargas just covers up — he needs to move his feet. Multiple left hands come from Ortiz as he pivots around Vargas. Vargas is bleeding already. Ortiz 10-9.
Round 2: Right hand lead falls short for Vargas, who then digs to the body with a few shots. Ortiz reestablishes his jab to the head and then lands a strong right hand behind it. Jab lands again for Ortiz. Three body shots come from Vargas as Ortiz covers up. Ortiz continues to cover up as Vargas keeps going to the body with multiple shots. Now Ortiz lands a right hand to the body. Clean jab from Ortiz snaps Vargas’ head back. Vargas goes back to the body and lands a couple but Ortiz is clearly doing more damage. Jab from Ortiz pushes Vargas back. Vargas starts throwing a lot of jabs at Ortiz’s body. I’m actually going to edge this round to Vargas on his body attach, but he had to work way too hard for it. Vargas 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Ortiz starts with a jab that misses. Jab lands for Ortiz this time. Now a check hook makes partial contact before Ortiz lands a nice jab once again. Ortiz continues to land jabs and now Vargas comes back with one of his own shots. Check hook lands for Ortiz as Vargas steps in. Ortiz gets a warning for ‘spinning’ Vargas in an exchange. Jab lands clean for Ortiz. Now a right hand lands for Ortiz, then another, then a left hook! Ortiz landed numerous power shots in that sequence and Vargas is bleeding more from his nose. Vargas goes to the body but gets clipped by a left hook. Jab to the body lands for Ortiz again before the bell. Ortiz 10-9.
Round 4: Ortiz comes out pressing behind a stiff jab and then lands a couple clean ones. Vargas lands two body shots and looks for more. Ortiz meets him with a right hand. Double jab comes from Ortiz this time. Vargas tries to jab with Ortiz but his jab isn’t nearly as educated. Ortiz stabs to the body with a left hand. Two more jabs land for Ortiz. Vargas comes forward behind a few shots that don’t land clean and takes a counter. Ortiz now unloads a number of power shots and has Vargas reeling along the ropes! Vargas grabs hold of Ortiz to get a moment to breath. Ortiz continues to load up on power shots as he senses Vargas fading but Vargas is handing tough for now. Uppercut to the body comes from Vargas along the ropes. Ortiz 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Vargas starts out with a looping shot that misses. Vargas comes forward behind a few more ineffective punches as Ortiz takes a breather for the first 30 seconds. Ortiz laying back now and letting Vargas come to him. Ortiz throws a jab which is his first meaningful shot of the round about a minute in. Hard left hook to the body lands for Ortiz. Check hook lands for Ortiz as Vargas steps in. Vargas throws a few more punches to the body as Ortiz tries to time some counters. Clean jab lands for Ortiz, then another. Now Ortiz adds in a right hand. Another clean jab from Ortiz snaps Vargas’ head back. I was going to give Vargas this round but the clear and clean shots are coming from Ortiz, even in a slow round for him. Ortiz 10-9.
Round 6: Jab lands for Ortiz. Now Ortiz jabs to the body. Left hook and right hand comes from Ortiz and finds the mark. Ortiz landing more power shots now as Vargas tries to time some counter uppercuts to the body. Ortiz pushes Vargas off and then jabs to the body. Jab lands again for Ortiz upstairs. One-one-two comes from Ortiz. Left hook to the body lands for Vargas. Both fighters trade hooks now. Overhand right from Vargas makes partial contact. Straight right to the body scores for Ortiz this time. Right hand counter makes contact for Ortiz. Ortiz 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Combination from Ortiz gets mostly blocked. Jab lands for Ortiz, then another followed by a right hand. Ortiz lands another jab and then a right hook to the body. Vargas is along the ropes and eats two power shots from Ortiz. Right hand lands well for Ortiz and he starts to batter Vargas along the ropes and Vargas just tackles Ortiz to the canvas! More punches come from Ortiz and Vargas is taking a beating here. Right uppercut sends blood flying out of Vargas mouth! Two more power shots land for Ortiz, who continues to pour it on Vargas. Vargas is taking hellacious punishment. Right hand lands clean for Ortiz as Vargas eggs him on. More power shots land as Ortiz has just been teeing off on Vargas all round. Right hook lands to the body for Ortiz and the referee stops the fight right at the bell! It’s over. Ortiz TKO-7.
Tonight at 8 pm ET, boxing finally returns to DAZN, as Golden Boy Promotions is in action for the first time in several months, with Vergil Ortiz Jr taking on Samuel Vargas in a 10-round welterweight main event.
Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round coverage of the main event fight, and we’ll also have results as they come in for the rest of the show.
Ortiz, 22, is an exciting prospect at 147 pounds, stopping all 15 of his opponents thus far in his young pro career, which began just about four years ago and started to kick up a bit in 2018-19. Last year, he picked up impressive stoppage wins over veterans Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco, and Brad Solomon, and he’ll look to do the same tonight against the 31-year-old Vargas.
If Ortiz wins, there’s at least an outside chance he could be lined up to face WBO titleholder Terence “Bud” Crawford. Ortiz wants that fight and says he’d accept an offer right now.
The rest of the card took a hit on Friday when Mercito Gesta pulled out of a planned fight with Hector Tanajara Jr, but we’ll have Shane Mosley Jr and Seniesa Estrada in tune-up fights, plus prospects Hector Valdez and Evan Sanchez in action.
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Full Card (DAZN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Vergil Ortiz Jr (15-0, 15 KO) vs Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Shane Mosley Jr (15-3, 9 KO) vs Jeremy Ramos (11-8, 4 KO), middleweights, 8 rounds
- Seniesa Estrada (18-0, 7 KO) vs Miranda Adkins (5-0, 5 KO), junior flyweights, 8 rounds
- Hector Valdez (12-0, 8 KO) vs Josue Morales (11-11-4, 1 KO), junior featherweights, 8 rounds
- Evan Sanchez (7-0, 6 KO) vs Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds