Vergil Ortiz Jr. withdraws from Michael McKinson struggle after being recognized with rhabdomyolysis

Vergil Ortiz Jr.

The anticipated return of welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. must wait.

Ortiz pulled out of Saturday’s conflict towards Michael McKinson after being recognized with rhabdomyolysis, Golden Boy Promotions introduced Wednesday afternoon. Ortiz was recovering at a Los Angeles-area hospital and is predicted to make a full restoration.

“We want Vergil a really fast and speedy restoration,” mentioned Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “As fighters, our first intuition is to struggle no matter now we have and hard it out. It takes quite a lot of braveness to confess that one thing is flawed and get the care that you simply want. We’re assured that we’ll be seeing Vergil within the ring once more very quickly.”

Rumors had unfold earlier within the day that the 23 12 months outdated was unwell or had bother losing a few pounds in latest weeks.

Rhabdomyolysis happens when there’s a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases a harmful protein into the blood. Signs embody darkish, reddish urine, a decreased quantity of urine and muscle aches. Early remedy with aggressive fluid alternative reduces the chance of kidney injury.

Ortiz (18-0, 18 knockouts), who resides in Grand Prairie, Texas, is ranked No. 5 by The Ring at 147 kilos. He has not fought since stopping former world welterweight title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas on August 21. He additionally has knockout wins over former WBO 140-pound titleholder Maurice Hooker and former junior welterweight title challenger Antonio Orozco.

Golden Boy additionally introduced Wednesday they’re trying to find an opponent to face McKinson (21-0, 2 KOs), who resides in Portsmouth, England, in hopes of salvaging the principle occasion of the scheduled DAZN reside stream.

Extra data on whether or not Golden Boy is ready to safe an opponent for McKinson or if the struggle might be postponed to a later date might be introduced shortly.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He could be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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