Vergil and Hector Win

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Texas Fighters Vergil Ortiz and Hector Tanajara Win in L.A.



By Tarrah Zael


LOS ANGELES-Hot knockout artist, Vergil Ortiz Jr. does it again for his 10th consecutive knockout at the Belasco Theatre on Saturday night.


Ortiz Jr. (10-0, 10 KOs), of Texas came back to the ring after capturing the Junior NABF title in a third-round technical knockout win over Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez. None of Ortiz’ fights have reached the final round, and this fight was no different.


Former world title champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-9-1, 16-4 KO) took his best shot in a 10-round super lightweight main event show on the Golden Boy Promotions against Ortiz Jr., but wasn’t able to deliver the surprising upset he formerly promised.


The first round started off strong, Ortiz Jr. punished Salgado with strong blows to his body knocking him off his feet for a moment. The look of fear was visible in the eyes of Salgado after feeling the power behind Ortiz Jr.


Watching the punishment of Ortiz Jr. after the first and second rounds, it was safe for myself to call that the fight wasn’t going to last very long. Rolling into the third round, Ortiz Jr. was just getting started as he carefully calculated and held Salgado against the ropes landing a vicious left hook to the body.


The blow caused Salgado to collapse to the floor forcing referee, Raul Caiz to stop the fight at 1:52 in the third. So, far Ortiz Jr. has yet to encounter adversity in his professional career and continues his undefeated record with all knockouts.


In the co-main event, Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (18-2-1, 15 KO) made his return with high hopes of a different outcome after his first loss at the Belasco Theatre. However, the night was in favor of his opponent, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (14-0, 5 KO) with the unanimous decision and scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.


In an eight-round lightweight clash, Tanajara Jr. of Texas, dominated with his left jabs and right hand on the awkward Gutierrez. “He came out swinging, so I had to stay composed in there,” says Tanajara Jr.


Although Gutierrez was able to connect a couple of punches on Tanajara Jr., the impact wasn’t very receiving for the more intelligent pugilist. Tanajara Jr. won the fight rightfully and continued his undefeated record.


Other Bouts


The ESPN TV-opener welterweight, Ferdinand Kerobyan (9-0, 5 KO) shoe shined Edgar Garcia (7-18-1, 2 KO) who eventually took a knee 2:48 in the second round.


From the viewers standpoint, the fight looked to be very unmatched. Kerobyan showcased his technical skills in the early rounds as he was clearly the stronger and better fighter than his shorter competitor. Kerobyan, of North Hollywood, “I never consider any opponent easy, especially since anyone in the ring can hurt you”.  



Kazakhstan’s Miirim Nursultanov (20-0, 7 KO) stopped Josue Obando (15-21-1, 13 KO) of Mexico in a six-round super middleweight bout, 1:37 in the final round. Nursultanov delivered beautiful uppercuts to the chin of his next victim.


“I wasn’t able to finalize matters until the very end of the fight. He has a very awkward style, which made me take long to really find him. I’ll be back on in August”, says the young and talented Nursultanov.