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  Virgil Ortiz Wins In Return,
Leaves Fans Wanting For More

By Igor Frank
Photos: Cris Esqueda - Golden Boy Promotions


In the main event of the evening staged at the Theater of Virgin Hotels undefeated Virgil Ortiz (20-0,20KOS) extended his knockout streak to 20 and scored a first round KO over Frederick Lawson(30-4,22KO) from Africa. Sharp shooting Ortiz trapped Lawson in the corner and unleashed a furious assault on his opponent which encouraged referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 2:33 of the very first round.

The stoppage seemed premature which prompted the crowd to boo and shout: Tony sucks, Tony sucks!!! The fight was televised by DAZN and featured a young Texans debut as a super welterweight. When asked about the premature ending, he explained that he felt the fight was over when his opponent wasnt fighting back, and referee made a judgment call.

I am ready for anyone, said Ortiz Jr. at the post-fight press conference: there are a lot of fighters that I want to fight, but Tim Tszyu, with all due respect, I want him next. He is a hell of a fighter, and it would be an honor to fight him next.

In the co-main event of the evening veteran junior welterweight, Ismael Barosso(25-4-2,23KOS) from Venezuela scored a spectacular 1st round knockout over Ohara Davies(25-3,18KO) leaving no doubts about the stoppage. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the contest at 1:33 of the first stanza after Davies was deposited to the canvas for the second time and in no condition to continue. Following Barosso getting his hand raised in the ring he hugged his former opponent Rolly Romero who registered a controversial win over him last year. Who knows, maybe they will do a rematch soon.

Newly signed by Golden Boy super lightweight from El Monte, California Arnold Barbosa(29-0,11KOS) took on a rugged veteran from Africa, Xolisani Ndongeni(31-4,18KOS) in a ten round contest. Undefeated Barbosa won by eight round TKO after referee Raul Caiz Jr stopped the fight between rounds eight and nine on the advice of the corner of the African fighter.

Barbosa , who seemed to be in control of the fight from the beginning,had a huge round five; trapping his opponent several times and doing damage. Undefeated fighter from El Monte, California dominated the fight from that point on.

Ten round welterweight contest between Raul Curiel from Mexico and Elias Diaz from National City California started out more cautiously,but more competitive than the first fight. Curiel connected with several meaningful punches in the third stanza and drew blood in the fourth. Left right combination dropped Diaz at the tail end of the fifth and right uppercut stunned him again in the sixth. Ttrained by renouned Freddie Roach , Curiel continued to stock his prey and seemed to be in control of the fight and poured it on until referee Ortega stopped the fight at 1;16 of the eighth stanza. Curiel improved his record to 14-0 with 12KOS with an impressive performance.

In the opening bout super middleweight Emiliano Gandara scored an impressive first round knockout over Timvonte Carson(1-3)in his professional debut . It was guns blazing from the opening bell. The second knock down forced referee Raul Caiz Jr to stop the contest at 2:11 of the first stanza.


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