Erick Rosa could be the next young star out of the Dominican Republic and he gets to take another step closer to the spotlight with a win over veteran Carlos Ortega. The boxing odds should favor the WBA minimumweight champ as he takes on a journeyman who is 10 years his senior.
Rosa vs Ortega: Going For Bigger Fights
Promoters want and expect Rosa to handily defeat Ortega. But the winner should be able to book a bigger fight against another champion in the division or even get a shot at the super champion in Knockout CP Freshmart. Rosa headlines the only major title fight this Friday so all eyes will be on him.
Ortega Faces Another Hyped Prospect
Ortega may never win a major championship in his career. He is tough and capable and has been ranked as the No. 1 contender by the WBC at one point. But he has not beaten too many quality opponents.
The Panamanian defeated Amrit Herrera, who was 10-1-0 at the time (he’s now lost four straight), and Leroy Estrada, who was 12-1-0. But most of his wins have come over the local “tomato cans.” Against Rosa, Ortega faces a young boxer who is still just getting better.
Ortega could use his veteran experience and “dirty” up the fight to frustrate Rosa. But if he were to box Rosa straight-up, he may find himself getting outpointed handily. The online sports betting site may peg Ortega as a sizable underdog and we won’t fault anyone for sprinkling something on him just to fade Rosa. We never know with these prospects.
- Fighters: Rosa (c) (5-0-0, 1 KO) vs Ortega (15-6-3, 6 KOs)
- Location: Hotel Catalonia Malecon Center, Santo Domingo
- Day/Time: Friday, July 15, 10 p.m. ET
- Rosa vs Ortega Live Stream: Box Live
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Rosa Needs Statement Win
The minimumweight division gets about as much coverage as your local soccer game. This is a shame since a talented prospect like Rosa deserves a bigger audience. He is just five fights into his professional career but already owns a win over Vic Saludar.
Despite just one knockout win, Rosa throws with heat and can likely match boxers up a weight class or two. However, he’ll need to get past Ortega. Should he beat the grizzled veteran, he may just find himself in a “superfight” against Knockout CP Freshmart.
Freshmart is set to take on fellow Thai Wanheng Menayothin, but should he get past him, a unification bout against the Rosa-Ortega winner is likely next. For Rosa, fighting a longtime champion like Freshmart is two steps up from what he’s accustomed. He can’t overlook Ortega, who has proven he can derail promising prospects.
Rosa has been in the fire, with his last three opponents having a combined 56-6-0 record. In fact, he hasn’t fought a boxer with a losing record at the time he faced them. A clear-cut victory over Ortega sets him up for bigger things.
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