By Jon Uddin✏
Four wins, four knockouts. That’s how the 2019 boxing year wraps up for Welterweight prospect 🇺🇸Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0-0, 15KO) as he keeps his 100% knockout ratio in tact after finishing off veteran 🇺🇸Brad Solomon (28-2-1, 9KO) in five rounds Friday night in at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
In a year that saw a rise in the competition for the 21 year old Ortiz, Solomon probably falls right in between the tough Antonio Orozco, who Ortiz finished in six rounds, and Mauricio Herrera who was put out by the two handed power of Ortiz in just three.
Solomon, who was fighting for the first time in nearly two years, didn’t provide anything for Ortiz to worry about in the power department but his movement and use of the ring required the young power puncher to be patient in implementing his plan and breaking Solomon down behind the jab. Speaking of which, a stiff jab from Ortiz landed flush in the fourth round putting Solomon on the canvas, beginning the end for the native of Lafayette, Louisiana.
In the fifth round Ortiz finished Solomon off, letting his hands go in sharp combinations that kept the 36 year old in retreat mode, even forcing him to take a knee to recoup. Solomon never fully got his bearings back, and going down a second time the referee waved the fight off knowing he had nothing left for Ortiz.
Ortiz will most likely be graduating to full contender in 2020, and it will be interesting to see who will be chosen to give him his test at the next level as he continues to climb that Welterweight ladder. A 2020 matchup with former two division champion Jessie Vargas could make for good action.