Vergil Ortiz Jr. Vs. Fredrick Lawson: Where To Watch Info
Ortiz enters the fight with an undefeated record of 19-0, with 19 stoppages. He will fight at junior middleweight after struggling with the welterweight limit. This caused him to collapse in the build-up for his fight with Eimantas Stanionis on July 8, 2023.
The fight was pulled as Ortiz failed to face Stanionis for the third time. The fight was first set for March 18, 2023. Stanionis withdrew due to an appendectomy. The rescheduled date was April 29, 2023. But Ortiz pulled out because of rhabdomyolysis. The latest fainting incident meant Ortiz was moving up 154, something De La Hoya confirmed.
Ortiz Jr.’s Return
“Sure, ’54, ’60, whatever weight division he and his father feel strong and ready to go. We’re still nailing down the date for December, but that’s the plan. Early December, and get him that win so he can feel good and so he can get his mind right and so he can get back on top and get back on track. Health is—you have to take care of yourself and you have to put that first. We’ve taken the necessary steps to make sure that he is 100% come December,” De La Hoya said
Ortiz’s last win was a ninth-round knockout of Michael McKinson in 2022. As for Lawson, his record stands at 30-3. That includes 22 knockouts. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Estevan Villalobos. That victory was his second on the bounce.
In chief support, Ismael Barroso and Ohara Davies fight for the WBA junior welterweight interim title. The winner puts himself in line to face Rolando Romero for the full WBA title. A win for Barroso gives him a second shot at the title after he came up short against Romero. Barroso was ahead on the scorecards before he was stopped in a controversial stoppage. This time around, he is feeling confident of his chances.
“[Davies] is a young, strong fighter who comes to win just like me, but we have a lot of experience and we have fought with very good boxers at the world level and I have God who has given me the strength and we are standing. They underestimate my age and think I’m old. It is true that I am 40-years-old, but if I have them in front of me I tell them: ‘come and stand in front of Barroso and try to beat him.’ And when you beat Barroso, then you can talk about me,” Barroso stated
Here is everything you need to know about where you watch the fight.
Where To Watch Info
Date: Saturday, January 6
Start time: 8 pm ET / 1 am UK time
Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 pm ET / 4 am UK time
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Fredrick Lawson – junior middleweight
Ohara Davies vs. Ismael Barroso – for vacant WBA interim junior welterweight title
Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Xolisani Ndongeni – junior welterweight
Raul Curiel vs. Elias Diaz – welterweight
Johnny Canas vs. TBA – junior welterweight
Emiliano Gandara vs. Isaac Matamoros – junior middleweight
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