WBA Gold welterweight champion Vergil Ortiz Jr.(15-0, 15 KOs) overpowered Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 9 KOs) and stopped him in round five on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ortiz dropped Solomon with a hard jab in round four. Ortiz battered Solomon to a knee in round five then put him on the deck again to end it. Time was 2:22.
“I have to give him [Solomon] some credit,” said Ortiz. “He’s difficult to figure out and made me use my brain. I tried to take my time, and not rush things. I had to utilize my jab, figure out the right time to throw a punch. I think I tripped with him with my foot, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He came to fight.
“I shouldn’t be chasing on the ropes like that. He let his guard now. Luckily, I did throw the right punch and hurt him. I knew he would be a tough cookie to break. Luckily, I have a good team behind me and all my smarts. I felt I was very patient, and needed to pick it up, can’t lay low. I did a good job. I would say high B or A on this one.”
Former WBA super featherweight champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) officially made his debut at 135 pounds with a second round KO over 2008 Olympian Luis Porozo (14-2, 7 KOs). Time was 2:59. Porozo down three times, all from body shots.
Olympian super middleweight silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0, 3 KOs) won a shutout ten round unanimous decision over Vaughn Alexander (15-4, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Continental Americas title. Scores were 100-90 3x. First full distance fight for Melikuziev.
Welterweight Alexis “Lex” Rocha (15-0, 10 KOs) was victorious when Roberto Valenzuela (17-2, 16 KOs) couldn’t continue after five rounds. Valenzuela launched a massive assault that hurt Rocha in round two. But Rocha weathered the storm and punished Valenzuela the rest of the way.
NABF super lightweight champion Luis Feliciano (14-0, 8 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (16-2-1, 6 KOs). Feliciano dropped Acevedo in round three en route to 100-89, 99-90, 97-92 on the scorecards.