LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2018): *Vergil Ortiz **Jr. *(9-0, 9 KOs), the rising
knockout artist and pride of Dallas, Texas, will battle former world
champion *Juan Carlos Salgado *(27-8-1, 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, Calif. Doors for
the event open at 3:00 p.m. PT, and the first fight begins at 3:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00
p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream undercards beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30
Since debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz Jr. has never heard the
final bell of a fight, and he hopes to retain his 100% knockout rate this
year. This sensational Mexican American, who has his roots in Michoacan,
Mexico, will return after capturing the Junior NABF 140-pound title via
third-round technical knockout victory against *Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez *in
the co-main event of the Feb. 22 edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on**ESPN*.
Ortiz Jr. is excited about stepping up in competition so that he can
demonstrate that he will be world champion one day.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” said *Vergil Ortiz Jr. *”I’ll be
headlining a Golden Boy event for the first time and against a former world
champion. I’ve stopped all my opponents in my career, and I hope to do the
same in my toughest fight yet. Make sure to not miss my fight on June 23 at
the Belasco Theater!”
Salgado is a rugged former world champion who in his prime defeated a who’s
who of some of the best fighters in recent years. After a stellar start to
his career, Salgado defeated *Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares *via
first-round technical knockout to capture his first world title. Salgado
would lose his title to longtime holder *Takashi Uchiyama*, though he would
win his second world title two years later against *Martin “El Brochas”
Honorio. *The 33-year-old puncher has also fought the likes of former world
champion *Argenis Mendez *and world title contender *Miguel “Mickey” Roman *in
his career. Because of his experience, Salgado is confident he will upset
the rising young pugilist in Ortiz Jr.
“I know that people think that I’ll yet another stepping stone for Vergil
Ortiz Jr.”, said *Juan Carlos Salgado.* “But I want to tell everyone that
they’re wrong. Mexicans do not back down, and it’s very tough for us to
give up a loss. I’ve done away with predictions before, and this fight will
not be the exception. You will all see a great fight on June 23 in Los
In the co-main event, *Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr.* (13-0, 5 KOs) of San
Antonio, Texas will clash against previously undefeated *Roger
15 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela in an eight-round lightweight battle.
Tanajara Jr. is staying very busy as he returns for the third time this
year against a dangerous opponent in Gutierrez, a fighter who has only one
loss and is coming off four stoppage wins.
*Ferdinand Kerobyan* (8-0, 4 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., will
Villela* (6-10, 2 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico across a scheduled six rounds of
super welterweight action in the night’s swing bout. This Armenian-born
prospect looks to follow in footsteps of his successful countrymen *Vic
Darchinyan, Arthur Abraham, Vanes Martirosyan, Artyom Simonyan *and *Azat
Hovhannisyan*. Kerobyan is one of the latest prospects to join exclusive
Golden Boy Promotions stable and the first fighter under the management of
former UFC fighter and current WWE Superstar *Ronda Rousey.*
*Kevin Ventura *(8-0, 7 KOs) of Omaha, Neb. will participate in a six-round
super lightweight fight, while *Kanat Islam *(25-0, 20 KOs) of Oxnard,
Calif. will fight in a 10-round super welterweight fight. Opponents for
both fighters will be announced shortly.
*Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado *is a 10-round super lightweight fight presented by
Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, *”THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING”* and Hennessy, *”Never Stop, Never Settle.”* The fights
will take place Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Belsaco Theater in Downtown, Los
Angeles, Calif. Doors for the event open at 3:00 p.m. PT, and the first
fight begins at 3:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights
beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream undercards
beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for *Ortiz Jr. vs Salgado *start at $25 and are available for
purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com
and the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.