Via Jack Tiernan: Oscar De La Hoya says undefeated WBO No. 1 contender Vergil Ortiz Jr will fight for a world title by the end of 2022 after beating Michael McKinson this Saturday, March 19.
Ortiz (18-0, 18 KOs0) is making headlines on DAZN this Saturday night ahead of #4 WBO McKinson (21-0.2 KOs) at the Usc Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Ortiz-McKinson bout is mostly ignored by US boxing fans, perhaps because few of them have heard of the 27-year-old British boxer McKinso. British boxer who fought under level one for eight years of his professional career before being pitted against Ortiz.
De La Hoya feels confident he can match WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Ortiz in October or November. We’ll see soon if that’s possible.
Normally, 34-year-old Crawford (38-0.29 KOs) wants to take on the winner of an April 16 bout between IBF/WBC heavyweight champion Errol Spence Jr and WBA champion Yordenis Ugas.
Over the last month, Spence has hinted that he wants to take on WBC’s fourth-placed Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman in his next match after Ugas. Spence vs. Thurman will resonate with the American boxing world a lot more than his fight with Ortiz Jr right now.
It’s not a hit for Ortiz because he’s a brilliant boxer, but he doesn’t have the record, experience, or charisma of ‘Once Upon a Time’ Thurman.
For Crawford to agree to fight 23-year-old Ortiz in a voluntary defense situation, Golden Boy Promotion and De La Hoya will need to make it worthwhile for him.
“Vergil Ortiz is on a breakout right now. I can let Vergil fight for a world title at the end of the year,“De La Hoya said to DAZN. “By October, November, he was ready to take on the world champions,” said De La Hoya.
That could be an incentive for De La Hoya to have Ortiz Jr fight for the world title later in the year, as Crawford will likely never agree to a fight as tough as Vergil’s unless it’s worth it. with him financially.
In theory, this fight would be the toughest match of Crawford’s 14-year professional career if he were to face Ortiz, and it is coming at a time when he is well into his 30s.
Given the risk involved with Crawford in this fight, he may not agree to accept it unless De La Hoya and DAZN offer an insane amount.
Ortiz is about to have an impressive consecutive victory over Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas Maurice Hooker in 2021. Those are famous fighters in the eyes of heavyweight boxing fans, if not the average person.
With Ortiz’s impressive fights, it’s not clear why De La Hoya chose to go the opposite direction against lesser-known McKinson rather than a household name in the 147 lb division. for his game this Saturday.
It seemed like a self-defeating move by the Oscars, which is why fans weren’t paying attention to Ortiz’s fight this Saturday.
De La Hoya said: “He wants to face the top guys in the league like Spence, like Crawford. “He’s one of those fights that doesn’t just break through and fight the top competitor in the world.”
“He knows that the fight here with Vergil Ortiz and Crawford is going to be big, going to be huge. De La Hoya said.
If Ortiz doesn’t win the title in 2022 against Crawford or Spence, it’s not the end of the world. He is still only 23 years old and has time to be with him.
Going forward, it’s in Golden Boy’s best interest to fight Ortiz against notable opposition to help build his profile rather than pit him against unknown fighters with rankings they don’t earn. Okay.
McKinson’s opposition throughout his career leaves a lot to be desired, and he doesn’t look worthy of the top 10 at this point.
McKinson’s final seven opponents:
Luis Alberto Veron