Vergil Ortiz Jr. looks to end 2019 on a high note, but will have two hours to make it a truly unblemished run heading into his next fight.
The unbeaten welterweight weighed in heavy for his scheduled 12-round crossroads bout versus Brad Solomon, which—assuming the bout moves forward—takes place Friday evening live on DAZN from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Ortiz (14-0, 14KOs) checked in at 148 pounds, and will have two hours to make the 147-pound divisional limit or else will be subject to a fine. Solomon got it right on the first try, hitting the scales at a fighting fit 146.8 pounds for his first ring appearance since last April.
Providing he make weight, Ortiz Jr. will seek his fourth win in as many fights on the year. The fierce-hitting Texas native enters on the heels of a 6th round knockout of former title challenger Antonio Orozco this past August in his hometown of Grand Prairie, Texas.
Alberto Machado looks for a fresh start following back-to-back losses, as the former 130-poiund titlist from makes his lightweight debut. The fighting pride of San Juan, Puerto Rico had to come back after the conclusion of the official weigh-in to hit the divisional mark, a quick bathroom break helping hit 135 on the nose after initially weighing 135.2 pounds. He will face Colombia’s Luis Porozo, who weighed 134 pounds.
Machado returns to the very venue responsible for his two losses, both coming at the hands of Andrew Cancio, the first of which ended his 130-pound title reign.
Opening the livestream, unbeaten welterweight prospect Alexis Rocha takes on Mexico’s Roberto Valenzuela Jr. in a scheduled 10-round contest. Both boxers were just under the 147-pound limit; Rocha—a 22-year old southpaw from Santa Ana, California—weighed 146.6 pounds; Valenzuela (17-1, 16KOs) weighed 146.8 pounds.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com, Twitter: @JakeNDaBox