This Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Antonio Orozco will do battle in the welterweight division with the WBA's mandatory position at stake. [Manny Pacquiao is the WBA super champion after defeating Keith Thurman, the Ortiz-Orozco winner is more likely to compete for the currently vacant WBA regular title]. Ortiz comes to the fight with thirteen wins, zero losses, and all wins by knockout. Orozco, meanwhile, has a record of 28 wins, one loss and seventeen knockouts.
According to the WBA, the American Ortiz holds a slight advantage due to his youth and perfect record so far. The 21-year-old fighter has proven himself against veteran Mauricio Herrera – where he passed the test. Ortiz will also have a height advantage over his opponent and intends to take advantage of it in search of a victory that gives an important boost to his career.
For his part, Orozco will not make it easy for the young man from Dallas. The Mexican-born fighter has faced better competition, including the WBO/WBC 140-pound world champion Jose Carlos Ramirez, against whom he suffered the only defeat of his career.