One of boxing's youngest stars returns for the fourth and final time in 2019 as Vergil Ortiz Jr. takes on Brad Solomon for the WBA Gold welterweight title on Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., live on DAZN.
Ortiz (14-0, 14 KOs) kicked off the year in style by defeating Jesus A Valdez Barrayan in January. He followed that victory with two more dazzling performances — a vicious knockout of Mauricio Herrera in May and a sixth-round KO over Antonio Orozco in his home state of Texas in August. The 21-year-old looks to cap off 2019 with another highlight-reel finish and keep the momentum going for an even bigger 2020.
"Everything is going as it should be," Ortiz said. "I've seen Brad Solomon's record. I've seen that he's beaten Adrian Granados and Ray Robinson, so you have to be pretty skilled to beat people like them. I don't know how this fight ends, but you can all expect a great fight."
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Solomon (28-1, 9 KOs) competes for the first time since April of 2018. The 36-year-old had a stellar start to his career, winning his first 26 fights before dropping a split decision to Konstantin Ponomarev in 2016. He's gone on to win back-to-back bouts against David Bency and Paddy Gallagher. A win over one of the guys viewed as the future of the sport puts Solomon in prime position to get a crack at the welterweight title in the future.
"Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a great young prospect," Solomon said. "It's going to be a good matchup. I've been out of the ring for about a year, so I have to come back and beat this young fighter. I have to show everyone in the welterweight division that I'm still here."
Solomon presents another good test for Ortiz. If he can do to Solomon what he's done to his previous 14 opponents, then Ortiz should be ready to compete for a world title.
Here’s a complete guide to the Ortiz vs. Solomon fight with undercard information and more.
When is Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Brad Solomon?
- Date: Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximate)
- Live stream: DAZN
This will be the fourth time Ortiz has fought in 2019 and Solomon's first bout in nearly 20 months.
Ortiz vs. Solomon live stream: How to watch
The Ortiz vs. Solomon fight isn't available via traditional pay-per-view or a linear TV channel. Fans in North America can instead sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN can be streamed on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1.
How much does the Ortiz vs. Solomon fight cost?
- 1 month DAZN subscription: $19.99
- 1 year DAZN subscription: $99.99
New subscribers to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the Ortiz vs. Solomon fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN's live events, as well as highlights, behind-the-scenes features and original shows — is $99.99 in the U.S. That averages out to a little over $8 a month. Those who prefer a monthly plan can sign up for $19.99.
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
You can also watch previous DAZN fights like the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Where is the Ortiz vs. Solomon fight?
The Ortiz vs. Solomon rematch takes place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Ortiz fights at the venue for the fourth time while Solomon makes his debut at the arena.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. record and bio
Born: March 25, 1998
Reach: 70 inches
Total fights: 14
Record: 14-0 with 14 knockouts
Brad Solomon record and bio
Born: May 29, 1983
Reach: 72 inches
Total fights: 29
Record: 28-1 with nine knockouts
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Brad Solomon fight card
|Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Brad Solomon||Welterweight||WBA (Gold)|
|Alberto Machado vs. Luis Porozo||Lightweight||—|
|Bektemir Melikuziev vs. Vaughn Alexander||Super Middleweight||—|
|Alexis Rocha vs. Roberto Valenzuela||Welterweight||—|
|Luis Feliciano vs. Herbert Acevedo||Jr. Welterweight||—|
|Erik Bazinyan vs. Saul Roman||Super Middleweight||—|
|Serhii Bohachuk vs. Carlos Galvan||Jr. Middleweight||—|
|Ferdinand Kerobyan vs. Fernando Carcamo||Welterweight||—|