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
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
“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
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
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
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.