Via S Saadeq Ahmed: Vergil Ortiz Jr. Dallas’ (18-0, 18 KO) will have his first game of the year when he faces Portsmouth’s Michael McKinson (22-0. 2 KO) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The match will be streamed live live on DAZN on August 6. Fans can look forward to a stellar competition as the winner establishes himself as a top weight class and moves closer to the title of world champion.
Originally scheduled to show March 19 at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, the fight was canceled after Ortiz was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis. McKinson remained on the card and briefly fought Alex Martin, winning by unanimous decision. While this will be McKinson’s second game of the year, the match will come almost a year after Ortiz took down Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
Ortiz is a boxer who moves very well in the ring besides being heavy-handed. With his footwork, he launched difficult shots from nasty angles, something his 18 opponents had no answer for. When the opponent didn’t fall early in the fight, Ortiz was able to methodically take down the boxer and eventually win the knockout. As the opposition improved, Ortiz continued to prove that his power was not by chance. However, it took him longer to earn the equalizer. Since he spent almost a year off the ring and suffered from rhabdomyolysis, some might wonder if that would do any good in this matchup. McKinson is the kind of opponent that will not only help provide the answer to that, but will also make Ortiz a top weight class if Ortiz wins.
McKinson is a fighter who relies on his ability to defeat his opposition. With only two kills in 22 games, he does not possess the finishing ability like Ortiz. However, a closer look at McKinson’s fights reveals that he has the power to take down opponents. Against Luis Alberto Veron, he scored two knockdowns and he took down Martin Harkin three times. Chris Kongo, one of the UK’s more promising heavyweight contenders, was also defeated by McKinson. He has shown that he can land shots at the right time leading to knockdowns. The Ortiz will be McKinson’s best competitor to date, and the kind of fighter that will help determine McKinson’s level. Given that Ortiz has been out of the ring for almost a year, McKinson can use that to his advantage.
This clash will draw viewers from both sides of the pond and is one that I’m sure will be well worth watching. It features two young and undefeated fighters looking to go further in the welterweight division. I believe Ortiz will win by knockout in the following rounds after gradually falling to McKinson. However, I also think McKinson will have some success in the early rounds by staying out and trying to get past Ortiz. Eventually, I saw Ortiz figured out McKinson and did the heavy lifting for which he was famous. Regardless of the outcome, this is a match boxing fans should watch as it gives us another chance to see the fighters who can become future world champions.