Vergil Ortiz Jr. captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) Gold Welterweight Title with an emphatic sixth round stoppage of Antonio Orozco at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Ortiz appeared to be having some issues solving the puzzle of veteran Orozco early on in the fight, as he gave real estate to him and was mostly fighting off the back foot in the first few rounds.
The action seemed to change to in his favor around the fifth, when Orozco could not keep up with the young man who was ten years his junior, as he started taking more punches and getting pushed back himself.
In the sixth round Ortiz scored three knockdowns on the weary Orozco before referee Mark Calo-oy stepped in to call a halt to the bout at the 0:45 mark when Orozco appeared to have had enough.
After the fight Ortiz said that he was not happy with the early rounds, but that he is still learning, as he said to the viewing audience “I don’t like the way I did in the fight. First three or four rounds, I could have done better. I’ve definitely got a long way as a boxer to reach that world champion status.”
“I’ve been getting all these knockouts,” continued Ortiz, “I’ve said they haven’t gotten into my head, but you can see in the first round, I got a little excited. I had to force myself to slow down. I’m just going to learn from this fight.”
With the victory Ortiz moved his record to 14-0, all by way of knockout, while Orozco’s record fell to 28-2 with 17 knockouts.