Boxing: Ortiz-Vidondo, Johnson-O’Kane Added to Golovkin-Lemieux Card

By Mike Sloan Sep 22, 2015

An already attractive night of fights just got more intriguing as Golden Boy Promotions announced Tuesday the addition of two solid matchups to the Gennady Golovkin versus David Lemieux pay-per-view event on Oct. 17.

The Los Angeles-based promotion Tuesday revealed that Madison Square Garden in New York will play host to a heavyweight showdown between Luis Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) and Matias Ariel Vidondo (20-1-1, 18 KOs). On top of that, Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) will take on Eamonn O’Kane (14-1-1, 5 KOs) in a middleweight duel.

It was announced that the winner between Johnson and O’Kane will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF middleweight title.

Ortiz, originally from Cuba, has trounced virtually everybody he’s faced thus far in his career. Though he’s feasted largely on marginal opposition like every blossoming contender, he has taken on a few solid pros. Monte Barrett, Kendrick Releford and Bert Cooper have all succumbed to his power.

Vidondo is a powerful Argentinean who has followed a similar career arc as Ortiz. While he’s fought exclusively on his native soil against regional foes, his wins over quality contenders Marcelo Fabian Dominguez and Fabio Eduardo Moli. Like his foe, Vidondo will be taking on the sturdiest competition of his career when he tangles with Ortiz.

Since losing to Curtis Stephens last April, Johnson has won four straight, with three coming via stoppage. He last fought in January where he stopped Alex Theran after five rounds to capture a pair of regional titles.

O’Kane, who was a decorated amateur growing up in Northern Ireland, is coming off a terrific decision over previously undefeated Lewis Taylor in May.


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