By Jake Donovan
Career-long super welterweights Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Antonio Orozco had no problem making weight one division north.
Both boxers came in at the contracted welterweight limit for Saturday's DAZN-streamed main event at Verizon Theatre in Ortiz's hometown of Grand Prairie. Texas.
Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13KOs) came in right at the 147-pound welterweight limit, his second straight bout above the 140-pound division to which he will likely never return.
Orozco (28-1-1, 17KOs) came in at 146.75 pounds for his first officially-scheduled welterweight bout.
Saturday's hometown headliner for Ortiz Jr. comes just three months after a breakout 3rd round knockout of veteran Mauricio Herrera, whom had never been stopped prior to their May clash in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout came on the DAZN undercard of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s 12-round win over Daniel Jacobs in a three-belt middleweight title unification clash which served as the streaming platform’s most watched event to date.
Orozco hopes to slow down his opponent’s bum rush, all while in need of a big career win himself. The 31-year old from San Diego, Calif. by way of Baja Cruz, Mexico enters on the heels of a 10-round decision win in March, his first fight since his suffering lone career loss in a title bid versus Jose Ramirez (now a unified 140-pound titlist) last September.
The chief supports pits all-too familiar rivals Joshua Franco and Oscar Negrete in a 10-round bantamweight scrap. It will mark their straight time facing one another, with the first fight ending in a draw and San Antonio's Franco (15-1-1, 7KOs) taking a 10-round split decision this past April.
Franco checked in at 118.25 pounds for part three, while Colombia's Negrete (18-2-1, 7KOs) came in at 117.5 pounds.
In the opening bout of the main stream, unbeaten lightweight prospect Hector Tanajara (17-0, 5KOs) faces Argentina's Ezequil Aviles (16-3-3) in a 10-round bout.
San Antonio's Tanajara tipped the scales at 134.5 pounds, slightly heavier than Aviles who weighed 134.25 pounds.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox