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  Vergil Ortiz Jr. To Defend WBA Gold Welterweight Title Against Brad Solomon On Friday, Dec. 13

Knockout artist Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KOs) is looking to end 2019 with a bang, as he defends his WBA Gold Welterweight Title against Brad “King” Solomon (28-1, 9 KOs) on Friday, December 13th in a 12-round fight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center.

“We’re absolutely proud of what Vergil Ortiz Jr. has been able to accomplish in his young career,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “That’s why we’re ending the year with him in an exciting main event. The 147-pound division is one of the most competitive and popular divisions in boxing, so another knockout win will put this young talent on the path to very big fights in 2020.”

Since his 2016 pro debut, Ortiz Jr. has knocked out every opponent he’s faced, including a sixth-round stoppage against former world title challenger Antonio “Relentless” Orozco earlier this year. The Grand Prairie, Texas native (with roots in Michoacan, Mexico) is ready for the toughest test of his career on December 13th at Fantasy Springs, where he made his professional debut just over three years ago.

“Fantasy Springs has a special place in my heart,” said Ortiz Jr. “I made my pro debut there in July 2016. Knowing I’m headlining there is motivating me to show my fans out there how much I have improved over the years. I’m also happy because an event like this shows that I’m on the right path. Everything is going as it should be. I’ve seen Brad Solomon’s record. I’ve seen that he’s beaten Adrian Granados and Ray Robinson, so you have to be pretty skilled to beat people like them. I don’t know how this fight ends, but you can all expect a great fight.”

Solomon, 36, hails from Lafayette, Lousiana and made his pro debut in 2008. In addition to winning several Golden Gloves titles, he has defeated tough fighters such as Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez and Adrian “El Tigre” Granados. Solomon will look to put is career back on track to a world title shot if he can get past Ortiz Jr.

“Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a great young prospect,” Solomon said. “It’s going to be a good matchup. I’ve been out of the ring for about a year, so I have to come back and beat this young fighter. I have to show everyone in the welterweight division that I’m still here.”

In addition, Golden Boy business partner and Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will be the special VIP guest on December 13th. The former multiple-weight champion will be in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The event is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket.

In the co-main event, Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-2, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico makes his highly anticipated return in a 10-round fight. He’s making 135-pound debut after losing his WBA Super Featherweight World Title to Andrew “El Chango” Cancio.

Erik Bazinyan (23-0, 17 KOs) of Quebec, Canada defends his NABA Super Middleweight World Title in a 10-round clash. Bazinyan is inching closer to a world title and he’ll look to maintain his top contender status with a win.

Opponents for Machado and Bazinyan will be announced shortly.

Golden Boy is also proud to announce two high-level matchups that are sure to produce fireworks.

Alexis “Lex” Rocha (14-0, 9 KOs) of Santa Ana defends his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title in a 10-round bout against Michael “The Artist” Perez (25-3-1, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J.

Luis Feliciano (13-0, 8 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wis. defends his NABF Super Lightweight Title against Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (16-2-1, 6 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas in a 10-round fight.

Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (9-1, 6 KOs) of San Diego opens the night in an eight-round lightweight clash.


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