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Ortiz Halts Vargas, Retains WBA Gold Title
Pictured: Vergil Ortiz, Jr.

Last night in Indio, California, TTR #11 ranked welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz, Jr. retained the WBA Gold title with a seventh round KO over veteran Samuel Vargas. Middleweight Shane Mosley, Jr., super bantamweight Hector Valdez, light flyweight Seniesa Estrada, and welterweight Evan Anthony Sanchez were victorious in supporting bouts.

WBA Gold Welterweight Title-
Champion Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (WBO #2, WBC #8, TTR #11; 16-0, 16 KOs)
KO-7 2:58
Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs)
- Referee Jack Reiss stopped the bout to save Vargas from taking any more punishment. Ortiz was awarded a KO victory under California State Athletic Commission rules.

Middleweight Bout-
Shane Mosley, Jr. (16-3, 9 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
Jeremy Ramos (11-9, 4 KOs)
- The scores were 79-73, 80-72, and 80-72.

Super Bantamweight Bout-
Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
Josue Morales (11-12-4, 1 KO)
- The scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 80-72.

WBC Silver Female Light Flyweight Title-
Champion Seniesa Estrada (19-0, 8 KOs)
KO-1 0:07
Miranda Atkins (5-1, 5 KOs)
-Ms. Estrada's WBA Interim World female flyweight title and Ms. Atkins' Women's International Boxing Association International light flyweight title were not on the line.
- Referee Edward Hernandez, Sr. waived the count after Ms. Estrada floored Ms. Atkins resulting in a KO win for the defending champion under California State Athletic Commission rules.
- This was the fastest knockout in the history of women's boxing!

Welterweight Bout-
Evan Anthony Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 6
Issouf Kinda (18-5, 1 NC, 7 KOs)
- Sanchez dropped Kinda in round 4 and went on to win by the scores of 59-54, 58-55, and 60-53.

Article By: Ken Pollitt