LAS VEGAS, Nevada, September 15, 2018 – Action got underway long before happy hour at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with four non-televised fights featuring promising prospects entertaining the early arrivals. Although the athletes don’t get quite the same attention, the experience of fighting in the large arena already humming with the energy of the evening’s marquee fights to come is invaluable to their progress. Four undercard results are in the books.
Results: Vergil Ortiz Jr. blasts Roberto Ortiz
It took Vergil Ortiz of Dallas (11-0, 11 KOs) just over four minutes to take care of business against Roberto Ortiz of Mexico (35-3-2, 26 KOs) in ther super lightweight bout. Ortiz had his opponent down once, and make it stick the second time at 1:03 of the second round.
“I felt like that was the best I could have done,” said Ortiz, who said he expected to go the distance against the older fighter. “This win is bittersweet because I won against a great name and record, but Massa (Roberto Ortiz) was my first ever sparring partner when I first turned pro, and now he’s a win on the next step of my career. During my first sparring session, he gave me a swollen lip, and today I knocked him out which is a great benchmark for me as to how I’m progressing as a fighter. I’m excited for the future.” His immediate future included getting some post-fight tacos before taking in the main event.
Results: Alexis Rocha gets unanimous decision over Carlos Ortiz
Super welterweight prospect Alexis Rocha (12-0, 8 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a near shutout win in eight rounds over Carlos Ortiz of Mexico (10-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 80-72 X 2 and 79-73. Rocha had hoped for a little more. “I am satisfied with my performance, but I feel I could’ve done a lot more to secure the win,” said Rocha. “I wish I would’ve thrown more punches and more combinations. He was really good at catching the shots and countering them, and I wish I would’ve had a lot more movement.”
Results: Jaba Khositashvili gets victory over Lawrence King
Jaba Khositashvili of Philadelphia (4-0, 2 KOs) was taken the distance by Lawrence King of San Bernardino, California (4-1, 3 KOs) in a competitive six round super middleweight fight. Khositashvili won a unanimous decision with all three judging scoring it 58-56. The 28-year old native of Georgia wasn’t satisfied with the experience. “Even though I won tonight, I’m very disappointed because I wasn’t allowed the opportunity to demonstrate my fighting,” said Khositashvili, complaining that King kept holding so he couldn’t fight. “All I want to do is fight. I have over 20 years’ experience fighting, half of that has been spent in the amateurs.”
Results: Ceballo starts the afternoon with fireworks, scores R2 TKO win
In the opening fight on the card, Brian Ceballo of New York (5-0, 3 KOs) made his trip west worthwhile with a TKO win over David Thomas of Orange, Texas (6-4-1, 2 KOs). Ceballo said his game plan worked, leading to the quick stoppage at 34 seconds of the second round. “I figured out beforehand that he always fights the exact same way, so I knew to keep my distance and keep a fast pace.I saw he couldn’t counter so I kept pressure and now I’m 5-0. I’m 24 years old, and now I’m ready for a tougher opponent.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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