Grand Prairie, Texas’s own, Vergil Ortiz Jr., boasting a stellar record of 19 wins and no losses, all by way of knockout, is all set to storm the super welterweight division. His first opponent in this thrilling chapter is none other than Accra, Ghana’s powerhouse Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson, with a record showing 30 wins, 22 by knockouts, and just three losses. This 12-round clash of the gloves is poised to electrify The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas when it unfolds live on January 6, 2024. Fans from every corner of the globe will have ringside seats from their living rooms, thanks to the global stream on DAZN.
Ring-side bells are set to ring on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PT, signaling the rush for tickets to witness Ortiz Jr. versus Lawson. With prices that don’t throw a punch at your wallet—$200, $150, $100, and $50, plus the usual pesky fees—you can secure your spot at AXS.com or GoldenBoyPromotions.com. For the fans who want to take it up a notch, a sprinkle of Golden Boy VIP Experience tickets are up for grabs, decked out with exclusive swag and red-carpet fight night perks.
Vergil Ortiz Jr., the knockout maestro, last left his mark in August 2022, sending shockwaves through his home state with a showstopping seventh-round knockout victory. Since bursting onto the scene in 2016, Ortiz has been stacking his resume with the likes of Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker. Now at 25, this Texan whirlwind is fired up for his Vegas headliner, ready to dazzle and demonstrate that his year off hasn’t dulled his edge one bit.
Meanwhile, Fredrick Lawson, the pride of Accra, has carved out a reputation as a man who thrives when the odds are stacked against him. Hailing from Chicago for his training stints, Lawson comes off a solid win in April 2023 and boasts regional belts that testify to his ring generalship. This “Ghanaian Warrior” is pumped to seize the moment on DAZN, a platform he’s all too familiar with, and his sights are firmly set on having his hand raised in triumph come January 6.
Oscar De La Hoya, the head honcho at Golden Boy Promotions, is betting big on Ortiz’s return to be more than just a fight—it’s a declaration of intent. De La Hoya believes Vergil is on the fast track to snagging a world title, and he’s confident that this fight will set off 2024 with explosive action for boxing aficionados.
DAZN’s own Jared Kass is equally thrilled about Ortiz’s comeback, praising his skills and hinting at the danger he poses in his new division. With a new year on the horizon, DAZN is buckled up for what promises to be another landmark year for the sport, and it all starts with Ortiz’s fist flying on January 6.
Stay tuned for more announcements, as the buildup to the undercard will be coming down the pipeline soon.