Via Dan Ambrose: Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr has a match-up against Michael McKinson on August 6 on DAZN.
According to Dan Rafael, the #1 WBA undefeated, #1 WBC, #1 WBO and #4 IBF Ortiz (18-0, 18 KOs) player will no longer be up against David Avanesyan next.
Those two negotiated for one to remove the WBC title, but Avanesyan was unable to return the contract. Given Ortiz’s high ranking with virtually all four sanctioning bodies, he hardly needs a title remover for him to get one.
Promoted golden boy Ortiz, 24, was scheduled to take on McKinson (22-0, 2 KOs) on March 19 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, but he withdrew due to illness. .
McKinson kept the card and delivered an unimpressive 10-round decisive win over the lesser known Alex Martin (17-4, 6 KOs).
If Martin had a little more ability, he would have beaten WBO McKinson 5th because he beat him to a punch in the entire match.
It was a fight where Dan Ambrose was left shaking his head, wondering how the hell McKinson was ranked in the top 15 because he looked divine. Bringing McKinson in with Vergil Ortiz Jr would be a crime.
It’s not clear why the World Boxing Organization gave McKinson a top 5 rating as his resume is filled with domestic and European level fighters and no contenders.
McKinson’s best wins:
- Przemyslaw Runowski
- Chris Kongo
Avanesyan would have been a more interesting opponent for Ortiz’s next battle, but that fight didn’t happen. Again, it’s not a big deal. Ortiz is going to win the world champion title sooner or later, and he has time to be around.
The four weight belts will soon be fragmented after IBF/WBA/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr takes on WBO champion Terence Crawford later this year. After the winner of that match empties the belt, Ortiz can pick and choose the belt he wants to pursue.
It is predictable that Ortiz will not be fighting for the WBA or WBO titles as Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis is likely to be the man he will have to fight for one of those belts.
Golden Boy Promotions will likely have Ortiz fight for the WBC title as he just needs to beat Avanesyan or Keith Thurman.
Ortiz had two excellent wins in 2021 against Maurice Hooker and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. One of those fighters is an upgrade of McKinson.
“Mirigian told Fight Freaks Unite that Ortiz is likely to go up against British Michael McKinson,” Dan Rafael told Against Freaks Unite.
“It looked like Avanesyan and his team were on the run when Vergil was up against three opponents and didn’t hesitate to take on the toughest one a week ago,” Ortiz Jr’s manager Ricky Mirigian said.
Mirigian said: “Golden Boy did everything they wanted, accommodated every frenzied need they asked for, and Vergil even spent some money to help make the fight.