Vergil Ortiz Jr had no unexpected problems with Samuel Vargas tonight on DAZN in Golden Boy’s comeback main event on DAZN, stopping Vargas after seven largely one-sided rounds.
Ortiz (16-0, 16 KO) put Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KO) away after seven rounds, as noted, making it a clean 16-for-16 in his pro outings, and looking for a big fight next.
The 22-year-old Ortiz has notably called for a fight with WBO welterweight titlist Terence “Bud” Crawford, and is throwing Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman in for good measure.
Ortiz was happy with his performance, but not overly thrilled, and he felt the stoppage came at the right time. He displayed not just his power but his all-around skills, and at his age, there’s still time to get much better than he already is, and he’s already very good.
“If it was eight rounds, it would’ve been worse. I was, like, a solid B+,” he said after. “That was my best opponent to date. I would like to fight someone like Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman.”
Shane Mosley Jr UD-8 Jeremy Ramos
Scores were 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. As always, Ramos (11-9, 4 KO) didn’t roll over; he’s a regular for Golden Boy, and he gave Shane Jr (16-3, 9 KO) a decent enough fight, but Jr’s athletic ability was too much.
Mosley, 29, will have to be helped by name to a title shot, being honest, but in certain rounds of fights you can see the natural ability. It’s just really inconsistent. He’s had his shots on “The Contender” and whatnot, but he’s never quite paid off the name. You can say this about Ronald Hearns or Hector Camacho Jr or even titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Boxing will help you with a name attached. But it is what it is. Shane’s got some natural ability but he’s very suspect.
Seniesa Estrada TKO-1 Miranda Adkins
Let us be clear here: Adkins, a 42-year-old from Kansas, had no business in the ring with Estrada. Estrada (19-0, 8 KO) is a legit fighter, an amateur background, solid competition as a pro. She can fight, for real. Adkins (5-1, 5 KO) cannot. No disrespect. She’s a middle aged woman who’s never fought someone who’s won a pro fight.
And this fight ended when Estrada walked across the ring, threw a volley of punches, and knocked Miranda half-cold in seven seconds. Estrada did not make a show out of celebrating, she was kind and gracious in victory. I am not “hating on” her or Miranda Adkins, who bravely took this fight when Jacky Calvo pulled out due to injury. But it should not have been sanctioned. Period.
“I give her so much credit and so much respect,” Estrada said. “She stepped up and took the fight. My original opponent had a knee injury, and she accepted the fight. I had more experience than her — amateur and pro. Once I let my punches go, I couldn’t stop. It’s a fight. I knew that it was gonna be a knockout, but I didn’t know how long it would take. God bless Adkins. I pray she’s OK.”
Hopefully we’ll see Seniesa — again, a legitimately good fighter — get a title shot soon. She’s said she’ll do it at 105, 108, or 112. She’s ready and willing and can fight. She deserves better.
Hector Valdez UD-8 Josue Morales
Valdez (13-0, 8 KO) with a solid win here. The 25-year-old junior featherweight prospect wins a virtual shutout, scores of 79-73, 80-72, 80-72, over Morales, who is a tough veteran, focuses on defense, and never gives a fight away easily.
Morales (11-12-1, 4 KO) is a really, really good prospect checker at a certain level, and he did that job again tonight. But Valdez proved out in this matchup, doing solid work and clearly taking the rounds. I do think you could argue Morales in one of the early rounds, but the majority was all Valdez. It’s not the sort of performance that super stands out and won’t on the BoxRec page, either, but Morales isn’t an incompetent, and Valdez handled himself nicely. Golden Boy just re-upped on Hector, which looks like a good call in a currently turbulent weight class.
Evan Sanchez UD-6 Issouf Kinda
This was a legitimately valuable fight for Sanchez, a 22-year-old welterweight prospect, as the 32-year-old Kinda was pretty sharp and gave him some decent looks over the six rounds, even though Kinda hadn’t fought since 2017.
Kinda (18-5, 7 KO) is no star, but he’s been in with some decent fighters (generally losing), and he landed some clean rights in this fight on the southpaw Sanchez (8-0, 6 KO), and that’s something Sanchez will need to watch going forward. If Kinda can land the “southpaw killer,” better fighters definitely will. Young guy with things to work on, but a good prospect. He did some nice body work here especially, and landed a controversial fourth round knockdown, which was really a shot to the back of the head, though not intentional or his fault.
Scores were 58-55, 59-54, and 60-53 for Sanchez.
“I had a little bit of rust because I hadn’t been fighting, but we’re back on it,” Sanchez said post-fight. “I really wanted (the stoppage). Being the first fight (back for Golden Boy), I really wanted to stop him, but it didn’t come. It was a lot of experience. He has a lot of fights and he has fought big names like Jose Ramirez, so it was good experience.”