Vergil Ortiz Jr. (18-0, 18 KOs) retains his WBO Worldwide Welterweight Title and will get nearer to a world title shot after his knock out defeat of the Lithuanian Egidijus “Imply Machine” Kavaliauskas (22-2-1, 18 KOs). The scheduled 12-round struggle was hosted on the Ford Middle at The Star in Frisco, Texas, and was streamed stay on DAZN. The occasion featured an evening filled with motion because the Lithuanian went after Ortiz, Jr. early within the struggle and caught him within the second spherical, the place Ortiz, Jr. met the canvas however was dominated a slip by the judges. Ortiz, Jr. returned and each fighters brazenly exchanged blows throughout an thrilling second spherical that introduced the chanting crowd onto its ft. The motion continued within the third spherical, as Ortiz, Jr. knocked down Kavaliaskas and pursued him aggressively all through the spherical. Within the subsequent rounds, the fighters gave one another some house, as Vergil started to make use of an efficient jab on Kavaliaskas, catching him a number of instances straight within the face. By the eighth spherical, Ortiz, Jr. successfully dominated Kavaliauskas, dropping the previous Olympian 4 instances to win the struggle on the 2:59 mark of the eighth spherical.
Ortiz stated, “I really feel good. The struggle began off sluggish for my part and I simply needed to modify. After the second spherical, I needed to modify and attempt to discover a approach to put on him down. I began utilizing my jab extra and fought extra intelligently. After the third spherical, I felt extra assured as a result of I knew that I might management the struggle shifting ahead. However he’s a troublesome man, a really robust fighter, and I respect that he got here to struggle.”
“I got here right here to struggle, I used to be positive I might cease him. I ready myself so laborious to be prepared for this struggle. I used to be 100% in form, I used to be quick, I used to be robust. However you realize, it’s what it’s, right this moment he was stronger, he’s an amazing fighter. He has good energy and good pace, good jab, good approach, he is an efficient fighter. I used to be pondering that I used to be going to finish the struggle within the second spherical, however he survived. He’s a warrior,” stated Kavaliauskas.
Within the co-main occasion, Roger “The Child” Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) efficiently defended his WBA Tremendous Featherweight World Championship in opposition to Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado (32-10, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round struggle. The struggle went the space as each fighters had been recreation to change blows. Gutierrez secured the victory by way of unanimous choice with the judges scoring the struggle 116-112, 115-113, and 116-112.
“I harm my proper hand, it was very inconvenient as a result of I really feel like I might have ended the struggle earlier. However I wish to thank god we had been victorious and that’s the most vital factor. I do know Rene is a warrior, however we had a superb struggle right this moment and we’re blissful to tackle the subsequent problem, and maybe struggle Leo Santa Cruz,” stated Gutierrez.
Alvarado acknowledged, “I really feel like I dominated nearly all of the struggle. I don’t really feel like the choice was honest. Within the final spherical, I did get the lower on my left eye and I couldn’t see, however I do know that I closed these two rounds.”
Within the second broadcasted struggle of the evening, Felix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (37-2, 32 KOs) was arrange in opposition to Israel Vasquez (10-5-2, 7 KOs) in a programmed 10-round flyweight occasion. Nevertheless, the struggle ended early as Alvarado linked a proper hook to Vasquez, dropping him to the ground within the first spherical; profitable the struggle by knockout.
“I did really feel a bit of unstable with the change of opponents and naturally I might like to struggle Eric Lopez, however sadly that didn’t occur because of the visa points. Thankfully, we had a superb coaching camp and we had been ready for Israel. Fortunately the struggle ended early sufficient the place he wasn’t injured and I wasn’t injured,” stated Alvarado.
The DAZN opener had Dallas native George Rincon (12-0, 7 KOs) combating in opposition to Nikolai Buzolin (8-4-1, 4 KOs) from Brookly, NY. in a scheduled 8-round welterweight bout. The struggle began off sluggish because the fighters took the time to method the struggle cautiously. By the 4th spherical, each fighters started to really feel extra snug and assured with Rincon touchdown some spectacular photographs to Buzolin’s physique. Buzolin was not shy at returning punches and at instances pursued Rincon across the ring searching for extra motion. A head butt by Buzolin within the final spherical surprised Rincon, opened up a wound on the left facet of his brow, and brought on the Brooklyn native a degree deduction. Finally, the Dallas favourite, Rincon, took the victory by way of unanimous choice with all three judges scoring the struggle 80-72.
“He was a shorter fighter with a really awkward fashion and I needed to be cautious with these looping palms. There have been just a few issues that I want that I might have made extra clear throughout the struggle, however his fashion didn’t actually assist. Simply blissful that I used to be in a position to be right here, struggle in my hometown, in entrance of my family and friends. Glad we received the win and I plan to return to the gymnasium and preserve getting higher,” stated Rincon.
The Golden Boy Combat Night time undercard streamed stay on Fb Watch included a 10-round tremendous light-weight bout between Alex Martin (17-3, 6 KOs) and Josec Ruiz (23-5-3, 16 KOs). Martin, of Chicago, Il. confronted a troublesome opponent in Ruiz, because the Miami native was prepared to take a punch to land a punch. Martin, nonetheless, tried to make use of his attain and footwork to maintain his distance and management the motion. The technique paid off as Martin was unanimously topped because the victor with scores from all three judges at 100-90.
Martin stated, “I knew that I harm him with that physique shot within the final spherical and he began to fold over. I nonetheless might have adopted up with extra physique photographs, however I’m blissful I received the win. I’m prepared to come back again. I’m motivated and simply grateful to God for the chance.”
Within the opening bout of the evening, Dallas native Alex Rincon (9-0, 6KOs) took on Sunny Duvesonne (11-4-2, 8 KOs) of Avon Park, Fl. The 8-round tremendous middleweight bout went the space as we noticed each fighters change blows to a rowdy crowd cheering on the hometown favourite Rincon. Duvensonne visibly harm Rincon within the third spherical as Rincon used his ft to maintain the space between them for the rest of the spherical. By the tip of the struggle, each fighters did their greatest to regulate the tempo of the struggle as they every unleashed a flurry of punches in opposition to one another leaving Duvensonne visibly shaken because the eighth spherical got here to an in depth.
“He was a troublesome warrior, you must respect him. I knew he was going to be a sturdy fighter. I additionally knew that I wanted to make use of my jab to counter his jab and arrange the shot. However I really feel good, I believe it was about time I received some conflict wounds so individuals can imagine I’m a fighter,” stated Rincon.
Ortiz Jr. vs. Kavaliauskas was a 12-round struggle for the WBO Worldwide Welterweight Title introduced by Golden Boy The occasion was sponsored by Hennessy “By no means Cease. By no means Settle” and “BetOnline – Your On-line Sportsbook Specialists.” The struggle passed off on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Ford Middle at The Star in Frisco, Texas, and was be streamed stay on DAZN.
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