Golden Boy came to the lone star state and a weekend where it was 105 degrees in North Texas delivered one of the hottest cards of the year. A card that featured fighter from all over the republic of Texas and the hometown fighters certainly delivered. The Texan fighters compiled a record of 8-0-1. The lone blemish was “El Professor” Joshua Franco who had to settle for a disputed draw against Oscar Negrete. It was the third fight with Negrete in 10 months. The first ended in a draw, the second Franco took a decision and won our prospect of the month for his outstanding performance. In the third bout on Saturday night Franco appeared to have won at least seven rounds but had to settle for yet another draw.
In the main event, Vergil Ortiz returned to his old stomping grounds of Grand Prarie, Texas and gave perhaps the best performance of his young career. The 21-year-old Texan had his veteran opponent, Antonio Orozco, in a world of trouble in the opening stanza again in the fifth and then finished the job by scoring three knockdowns in the sixth round causing the referee to stop and wave the bout off at 2:19 of the sixth round to improve Vergil’s record to a perfect 14-0 (14).
Hector Tanajara Jr of San Antonio, looked highly impressive in the opening bout of the televised portion of the card taking a one-sided unanimous decision over a rugged veteran named Eaquivel Aviles. The Alamo City native put on a 10- round boxing clinic to capture our “Fighter Of The Week” award and successfully defended his WBC USBC Lightweight strap. Tanajara made even more noise after the fight when he called out fellow Golden Boy lightweight and Instagram sensation “King Ry” Ryan Garcia
In other Texas action both Rincon brothers, Alex, and George of Carrollton were in action and both brothers scored sensational knockouts. Alex scored a brutal second-round knockout at 58 seconds of round number two and in an early untelevised bout older brother George Rincon stopped Enrique Escobar via knockout in the second round of a six-round of a 140-pound scrap. George Rincon ran his record to 8-0 (5) and Alex improved to 7-0 (6).
Three young fighters also gave impressive performances, Hector Valdez of Dallas returned to the ring after nearly a year off and took a one-sided unanimous decision over Rafael Delgado by scores of 58-55 twice and 59-54. Light heavyweight Josh Juarez of Laredo also returned after a long layoff to take the opening bout of the night to take a UD over awkward veteran Emmanuel Sanchez to improve his record to 9-0. In a pro debut 17-year old protege Tristan Kalkreuthwho is trained by legendary trainer, Ronnie Shields scored a sensational opening round knockout and celebrated with a perfectly executed backflip.
Austin, native Travel Mazion was also in action picking up a UD over the always tough veteran Jeremey Ramos. Maizon takes one step closer to a world title shot that may come as early as 2020 as he improved his perfect record to 15-0 (12)