Vergil Ortiz Jr.'s Stock Keeps Rising
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Golden Boy Productions put together one of its best
cards at Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort in Indio
California this past Friday night. In the main event
Texan, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KO’s) remained
perfect, destroying Brad Solomon of Douglasville,
Georgia to retain the WBA Gold Welterweight Title.
Solomon is a top fighter and demonstrates excellent
boxing skills featuring a pesky jab and good hand speed.
However, Vergil Ortiz Jr. proved tonight that he is on
another level and ready for the prime time. He fought a
spectacular fight dropping Solomon in the fourth round
with a stiff jab.
In the fifth he took the starch out of Solomon with a
solid right hand that sank him into the corner. Solomon
made the count but received two left bombs from Ortiz
that dropped him again and the referee called the fight.
Ortiz gets the win by knockout, remaining undefeated and
ready for bigger and better fights.
Said Ortiz after the fight, “I shouldn’t be chasing on
the ropes like that. He let his guard now. Luckily, I
did throw the right punch and hurt him. I knew he would
be a tough cookie to break. Luckily, I have a good team
behind me and all my smarts. I felt I was very patient,
and needed to pick it up, can’t lay low. I did a good
job. I would say high B or A on this one.”
Former World Champion Puerto Rican fighter Alberto
Machado (22-2, 18 KO’s) put down Ecuadorian pugilist
Luis Porozo (14-2, 7 KO’s) three times in the second
round with tremendous body shots, the last of which
Porozo could not recover and was counted out at 2:59.
In the early going the wild swinging Porozo connected on
a series of headshots, which stunned Machado. However,
Porozo got careless in the second and got caught with a
left hook to the body that dropped him to his knees.
After beating the count of ten Porozo ate another body
shot and went down again. He needed to stay down at that
point, but he got up at the count of ten and again
Machado landed a body shot that made him take a knee for
the third time and referee Thomas Taylor called a halt
to the contest. Machado earns his 18th knockout and 22nd
Golden Boy’s Alexis Rocha (15-0, 10 KO’s) out of Santa
Ana, CA, punished Mexican pugilist Roberto Valenzuela
(17-2, 16 KO’s) with murderous left and right hooks to
the body to maintain his World Boxing Council Americas
Rocha survived a second-round onslaught from Valenzuela
after a left uppercut staggered Rocha. Valenzuela tried
to go for the knockout by throwing nearly a hundred
nonstop punches in which some landed and others didn't’.
Rocha’s nose was bloodied and Valenzuela appeared to
have punched himself out. Rocha recovered and finished
the round strong with vicious body shots.
In the fourth round Rocha hurt Valenzuela with a left
hook to the body that made Valenzuela wince. In the
fifth Rocha continued with ferocious left and right body
shots of which Valenzuela had no answer. Rocha finished
the round in Valenzuela’s corner banging lefts and
rights to his head.
As the bell rang Valenzuela turned to his corner, shook
his head and said he was done. An extremely impressive
win for Rocha, as he remains undefeated and garners his
10th knockout in 15 fights.
Rocha on his fight, “He caught me in the second round. I
got lazy. It’s my fault. I started letting my hands go
after the third, and then I kept hurting him. It was
important that I finished the fight. It’s a learning
With a malevolent and focused countenance Indio’s
Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KO’s) picked apart Vaughn
Alexander (15-4, 9 KO’s) to capture the vacant World
Boxing Association Continental America’s Super
Middleweight Title. Displaying masterful footwork
Melikuziev threw combinations followed by a quick pivot
to his right to avoid the right hand of Alexander.
It was effective, as Alexander may have only connected
with less than a handful of right hands. Melikuziev was
sticking and moving all night long. The result displayed
on Alexander’s closed left eye. Alexander could not get
off and never let his hands go.
Although Melikuziev fought strategically and connected
with various combinations the fans wanted to see more
action and a slight round of boos ensued in the last
round. Melizukiev won every round pitching a perfect
shutout. Judges scores; 100-90, 100–90, 100-90 across
Hard hitting and undefeated Luis Feliciano defended and
maintained his NABF Super Lightweight Title with a
unanimous decision win over tough Herbert Acevedo. This
brutal contest pitted two warriors in a toe-to-toe
slugfest. They literally beat the stuffing out of each
In the third round Feliciano, out of Rancho Cucamonga,
connected with two ferocious left hooks to the body.
Acevedo showed distress and Feliciano followed up with a
right left combination that wobbled Acevedo. Acevedo
appeared dazed and after a few seconds took a knee. He
made the ten count and tried to make a comeback.
Both fighters landed huge punches and both were marked
with bruises and cuts. Feliciano proved to be just too
strong for Los Angeles native, Acevedo. In the end
Judges had it all for Feliciano who remains unbeaten in
14 fights. Judges scores – 100-89, 99-90, and 97-92.
Post fight comment from Feliciano, “I give props to
Herbert Acevedo. He’s a tough and rugged fighter. I
thought he was out when I dropped him in the third
round. I tried to get the finish, but he weathered the
storm. I’m happy to finish the year with a win, and we
are on to the next.”
Undefeated Ukrainian super welterweight Serhii Bohachuk
(17-0, 17 KO’s) kept his perfect record intact by
stopping Columbian Carlos Galvan at 1:40 of the fifth
round. The quirky unorthodox Galvan proved to be a
difficult target and gave Bohachuk fits for the first
In the fifth Bohachuk caught Galvan with a left hook to
the body that dropped him for the count of ten. Later in
the round Bohachuk caught Galvan again with a left hook
to the head and down went Galvan again. As soon as he
got off the canvas beating the count Bohachuk caught
Galvan with a body shot that put Galvan down for good.
Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (13-1, 8 KO’s) of North
Hollywood, CA needed no luck in dispatching Mexican
fighter Fernando Carcamo (23-10-1, 18 KO’s).
A devastating right hand on the chin of Carcamo left him
seeing stars and looking up at the ceiling as he lay on
his back. With Carcamo writhing on the canvas Referee
Ray Corona called the fight at 1:46 of the first round.
“This was a great victory. This was everything I
imagined. A great birthday gift for myself!”
In the opening bout of the evening Erik Bazinyan (24-0,
198 KO’s) continued his winning ways by knocking out
Saul Roman (45-14, 37KO’s) at :36 seconds of the third
round. Stated Bazinyan, “I learned from fighting a
veteran, someone with almost 60 fights. I tried to show
my skills and fight my fight. The timing was right, so I
got him out of there.”