After stopping veteran Mauricio Herrera (24-9, 7 KO's) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (13-0, 13 KO's) back in May of 2019, he will be having a homecoming in Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb of his hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Fighting on a Golden Boy promotion card along with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN, junior welterweight Ortiz will be taking on Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KO's) from the City of Angels, Los Angeles, California.
Ortiz, a highly top prospect in the 140 pound division, put on an impressive performance on DAZN when he knocked out Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera in the co-main event of the Canelo vs. Jacobs fight in Las Vegas. In the ring after his performance he even called out Dallas, Texas' Junior Welterweight champion Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker (26-0, 17 KO's).
Having fought only once in Arlington, Texas at the AT&T stadium three years ago, it will be his first time back in front of his hometown fans. This time it will be on August 10, 2019 at the The Theatre at Grand Prairie, in Grand Prairie, Texas and streamed live on DAZN.
Orozco, a former world title challenger faces a young and ferocious knockout artist in Ortiz, but he also brings his own record of 17 KO's to the ring, which is expected to bring lots of fireworks for this fight.
At his press conference held at the The Epic Recreation Center in his hometown of Grand Prairie, he was surrounded by his Father, Vergil Ortiz, Sr., Hector Beltran, and his trainer, Robert Garcia.
Garcia is a former IBF Junior lightweight world champion himself and was voted as Trainer of the Year by The Ring magazine in 2011, and by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2012.
In this fight, Ortiz will be fighting at welterweight in a ten round fight as the main event against the once beaten Orozco, which will turn out to be one of the toughest fights of his career.
"I want to acknowledge a great police officer who passed away in earlier in this month. I want to send my condolences to his family. I want to thank Golden Boy. I want to thank all of my friends for agreeing to be on this card. I want to thank my dad and Robert Garcia for training me hard. I want to thank Hector Beltran as well. I want to thank Hector as well for carrying me on Fortnite. This fight is going to be explosive. I can't express the magnitude of this event and how awesome it is. It's going to be great fight. I'm proud and excited to be fighting in Grand Prairie."
Also on the card are many local fighters which will include many Texas fighters as follows:
Hector Tanajara vs. TBA, 10 rounds, lightweights
Joshua Franco vs. TBA, 10 rounds, bantamweights
Alex Rincon vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior middleweights
Travell Mazion vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior middleweights
George Rincon vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior welterweights
Tristan Kalkreuth vs. TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights