Vergil Ortiz Jr., Hector Tanajara Jr. & Joshua Franco
Discuss Training Camp Under Robert Garcia
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs), Hector "El Finito" Tanajara
Jr. (17-0, 5 KOs) and Joshua "The Professor" Franco (15-1-1,
7 KOs) discussed training camp under renowned trainer Robert
Garcia ahead of their respective fights. All three fighters
will return on the Ortiz vs. Orozco card, which takes place
Saturday, Aug. 10 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas
and will be streamed live on DAZN.
Ortiz will headline in his hometown for the first time
against Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) of San
Diego, Calif., while Franco will defend his NABF and WBA
International Bantamweight Titles in a trilogy fight against
Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (18-2-1, 7 KOs) of Tierralta,
Colombia. Tanajara will put his WBC USNBC Lightweight Title
on the line against Ezequiel Aviles (16-3-3, 6 KOs) of
Below is what all three fighters had to say during a recent
camp visit, along with some insight from renowned trainer
VERGIL ORTIZ JR., Welterweight Contender:
"I'm fighting for my hometown. I'm fighting for all the
little kids that think they can't make it because it's a
small town. Not many people make it out of Grand Prairie. I
hope to set a good example for them. I felt all the love
when I visited. I felt the atmosphere, and it was electric.
We got a lot of people to show up to the press conference,
so I know there's going to be a lot of people who show to
"I'm really excited to be fighting in the main event. I've
only done that once before. For me being the main event is a
test for me to show how many people want to see me and how
excited they're going to be to watch me fight. But I have a
lot of people telling me they want to go and that they
already bought tickets and even want some shirts."
"Fighting alongside my childhood friends is really cool. I
never thought that we would be on the same card fighting
together. We're all fighting for a title that night. I'm
fighting for the WBA Gold [Welterweight Title], and Joshua
[Franco] will defend his belts in the trilogy fight against
Negrete. Tanajara is fighting for the belt he won in
Tijuana. It's great to see how far we've come."
"Antonio Orozco believes that this fight will put him back
on the map. He feels a win will make people believe in him
again. Honestly, he only lost one time; I don't see why they
wouldn't believe in him. This fight will definitely make his
meter go up. People will start looking at him if he gets the
win. That's going to make him very dangerous. He's hungry.
But I'm coming up too. I want to be a world champion too. I
have my dreams that I want to achieve. This fight is going
to help me get there a lot faster than these other fights,
so I'm very glad he took this fight. It's a very good
opportunity for both of us."
"This is Orozco's first fight in the welterweight division.
He was having a hard time making weight at 140. We're going
to see how his power holds up and see what he can take
because seven pounds is a big jump. Orozco's body is going
to be bigger. It's a whole new story, and we're going to
find out on August 10."
"On August 10, you can expect the same Vergil Ortiz you see
in every other fight. I'm going to be at my absolute best.
I'm not taking Antonio Orozco lightly at all. I'm not going
to be looking for the knockout, but I'm not going to count
it out either. I'm going to let it come by itself. That's
when you look the best."
JOSHUA FRANCO, NABF & WBA International Bantamweight
"It's very special fighting back in Texas, back in the
Dallas area. With Vergil, Hector and everybody from Texas,
it's going to be a great show. I gained a lot of experience
in my first two fights against Oscar Negrete. I won a lot of
rounds against him, and he's a top contender. I gained a lot
of experience and a lot of confidence."
"To me, Negrete did the same thing in the second fight. He
put pressure, and he tried to throw a lot of punches. He
tried to be more aggressive, but to me it was the same
thing. I feel like that's the only thing he knows how to do.
Negrete didn't really do anything to surprise me. What he
did the first fight, he did the second fight."
"For this third fight, you can expect the same fighter I
always am. I'll be smart, explosive, and I'll be throwing a
lot of combinations. I feel like I'm going to be stronger
than the last two fights. The only thing that's different is
that it's going to be in Texas. That's going to give me more
motivation. I'm always training hard like always. After this
I want to go on to bigger things. I want to fight for a
HECTOR TANAJARA JR., WBC USNBC Lightweight Champion:
"It's very special sharing this night with guys I grew up
with. I know these guys since the amateurs. I saw when
Joshua first walked into the gym, and I knew Vergil since we
were young. I also knew the Rincon brothers [Alex and
George]. We all came up together, so it feels good to be
together on the same card to give fans an exciting night of
"It doesn't add pressure to see my stablemates getting
knockouts. I'm already 17 fights deep. I just have to stick
to my game plan and what my coaches tell me. That's what
works. My last fight was in Tijuana, and it was very special
fighting in Mexico. I've always wanted to fight there, and I
like the crowd. Mexican fans are always the best. They just
want to see people go at it. I'm glad I was able to get a
belt that night too, so it was very special for me."
"It doesn't bother me that I haven't had a knockout since
2018. I know I have power. But trying to make 130 pounds was
draining me a little bit. At 135 pounds, I feel much
stronger. Even though I've been fighting better opposition,
I've still been hurting them in there, and I feel that a lot
of my knockouts are yet to come."
"For this camp we've been working on all my little mistakes.
I'm being busier with my jab. I'm working on putting smart
pressure. I'm working on doing all the things needed to get
the victory and to get try to get the guy out of there. On
August 10, my fans can expect an exciting fight. I'm
motivated more than ever because it's in Texas, my hometown,
and a lot of family and friends who usually can't go are
going to be there. I'm very excited, and I hope to put on a
ROBERT GARCIA, 2012 Trainer of the Year:
"It's going to be a great event. It's going to be awesome
that we're going to Vergil Ortiz's hometown in Grand
Prairie. I'm sure he's very excited, along with his fans,
his family, and his friends. We also have two kids from San
Antonio that are going to bring a lot of friends and
"We are going to be very busy, but I have a lot of help.
With Vergil, his father Vergil Sr. and co-trainer Hector
Beltran are always on top of Vergil and make sure he works
hard. With Hector Tanajara, we have my son, Robert Garcia
Jr. and Jose "Chepe" Contreras. With, Joshua Franco we have
same thing. For both guys, their fathers are very involved.
Hector Tanajara Sr. and Jessie Rodriguez [father of Franco]
are involved and work the corner for their sons, so it won't
be as hard as it sounds that night."
"This has been our fourth training camp with Vergil. It's
unbelievable to see him develop so fast. You hardly see
that. You only see that with an Olympic Gold medalist like
Oscar De La Hoya, who won his first world title in his 12th
fight, or with Olympians like Fernando Vargas, who was 14-0
when he became a world champion. Vergil is one of those
kids. He didn't go to the Olympics, so he didn't get the
same recognition as the Olympians did, but he's close to
becoming a world champion."
"Here in my gym, whoever you spar and whatever weight
division you're at, it's going to be tough. You're going to
have to work hard to be able to compete. I have nothing but
world class fighters. For example, Vergil is sparring
fighters that are 160, 168. I don't want to say dominating
them because they're also my fighters, but he's able to
compete with them and give them all they can handle, so that
tells you what he is. He spars with Jose Ramirez, a world
champion right now. He spars with Mikey Garcia, who is pound
for pound one of the best fighters in the world, and he's
able to compete well against them."