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VERGIL ORTIZ JR STOPS JUAN CARLOS SALGADO WITH VICIOUS BODY SHOT

LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2018): *Vergil Ortiz Jr. *(10-0, 10 KOs), the
rising knockout artist and pride of Dallas, Texas, scored a spectacular
third-round knockout win against former world champion *Juan Carlos
Salgado *(27-9-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight fight in main
event of the June 23 edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN *at the *Belasco
Theater *in Los Angeles. After punishing Salgado for two rounds, Ortiz
ended matters at1:52 of the third round with a thunderous left hook to the
body.

“I felt I was posed in there,” said *Vergil Ortiz Jr. *”Salgado has a lot
of experience, and he showed it. He got me a few times, but I learned from
this fight, and I’m thankful for the opportunity. I want to continue facing
experienced fighters like Salgado. Obviously, I’m not ready for a world
title fight yet, but in two years I will be. The left hook to the body is
definitely my best punch. I’ve been working on it since I was a kid. It’s
not common for an amateur to be dropping his opponents at only nine years
old, but that’s what I was doing and what I’m still doing today.”

Super Featherweight prospect *Hector “El Finito Tanajara Jr *(14-0, 6 KOs)
of San Antonio, Texas scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory
against tough Venezuelan *Roger Gutierrez *(18-2-1, 15 KOs) in tonight’s
co-main event. Despite Gutierrez having an awkward style, Tanajara won with
scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.

“He came out swinging, so I had to stay composed in there,” said *Hector
Tanajara Jr. *”I had to listen to my corner and stay tight. Every time a
round ended, my corner would tell me to not take any risks early in the
fight, so I stuck to the game plan in order to win.”

Rising 154-pound prospect *Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan *(9-0, 5 KOs) of
North Hollywood, Calif. scored a second-round technical knockout victory
against *Edgar Garcia *(7-17-1, 2 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in a super
welterweight fight that was initially scheduled for six rounds.

“I wanted to show that not only am I powerful, but I’m also very fast,”
said *Ferdinand Kerobyan. *”I never consider any opponent easy, especially
since anyone in the ring can hurt you if you’re not careful. I want a world
title in the future, and I’m ready to do what’s necessary to get that.”

*Meiirim Nursultanov *(20-0, 6 KOs) of Merki, Kazakhstan scored a
sixth-round technical knockout victory against *Josue Obando *(15-21-1, 12
KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled six-round super middleweight
fight. After dominating Obando in every round, Nursultanov stopped Obando at
1:37 of the final round.

“I wasn’t able to finalize matters until the very end of the fight,”
said *Meiirim
Nursultanov*. “He has a very awkward style, which made me take long to
really find him. I’ll be back on in August.”

*Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado* was a 10-round super lightweight fight presented by
Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, *”THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING”* and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took
place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Belasco Theater in Downtown, Los
Angeles, Calif.