ESPN2 Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Juan Carlos Salgado, Hector Tanajara Jr. vs Roger Gutierrez, and Ferdinand Kerobyan vs Edgar Garcia
By Kid Hersh
From the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California, came Golden Boy Promotions GBP on ESPN2.
First up on the card was Ferdinand "Lucky Boy" Kerobyan (8-0, 4KO's) vs Edgar Garcia (7-16-1, 2KO's). In the first round "Lucky Boy" was putting his punches together very well, showing his fast hands and combination punching ability. He was going both to the body and the head and looked like he already hurt Garcia, the much much smaller man, to the body. The fight was then over in the second round, as Kerobyan was putting a beating on Garcia - who was holding up just fine actually because Kerobyan still has a very amateurish style where he puts together impressive combinations but there is not much power behind them. Garcia had a smile on his face just before the end of the fight when he took a knee because he could not keep the larger man off of him but yet was getting overwhelmed and touched nonstop. The referee did not count at all, instead calling the fight off, despite Garcia likely being able to continue. he simply had no chance.
Hector Tanajara Jr. (13-0, 5KO's) vs Roger Gutierrez (18-1-1, 15KO's). Tanajara started off the fight boxing Gutierrez beautifully, using his footwork and controlling the distance on Gutierrez, who could not get his punches off and when he did he was missing the elusive target that was just out of his reach or on the move after punching. Gutierrez was able to land some solid blows, such as the overhand right flush to the chin of Tanajara early in the fifth round, but Tanajara appears to have a very good chin because he shrugged them off like nothing and continued tirelessly moving and outboxing Gutierrez. Tanajara has a very, very good jab which was the main punch he was throwing and controlling the fight with. He continued this throughout the fight, with Gutierrez getting aggressive in the later rounds while he tried to change the course of the fight but to no avail. Tanajara showed that he is really a top level prospect - and only 21 years old still!
Main event time featuring Vergil Ortiz Jr (9-0, 9KO's) vs Juan Carlos Salgado (27-8-1, 16KO's). Early in the very first round, Ortiz hurt Salgado with a left hook to the head. Salgado looked like his feet were stuck in the mud and he was very slow with his legs. It makes one wonder if he has been training or if he just simply jumped into the ring for a good paycheck. Ortiz was too fast, too strong, and too athletic for Salgado as he continued to outpunch the veteran and then ended the fight two minutes into the third round with a left hook to the solar plexus that cracked home like a gunshot, dropping Salgado to the canvas in agony.