Vergil Ortiz anticipated to return in August, says Golden Boy prez

Vergil Ortiz scored his seventeenth consecutive stoppage vs. Maurice Hooker. Picture from DAZN

Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz, Jr., who’s ranked No. 5 by The Ring, will return to the ring in August, Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions, advised The Ring Saturday night time.

“We haven’t finalized an opponent but from a really brief checklist,” mentioned Gomez. “We don’t have a precise date. We’re ready to listen to from DAZN (which streams Golden Boy Promotion playing cards) for a particular date.”

Ortiz (18-0, 18 knockouts), who resides in Grand Prairie, Texas, final fought on August 14 in close by Frisco, breaking down former world welterweight title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas earlier than successful by knockout within the ninth spherical. It will be his final combat working with coach Robert Garcia as he determined to separate with the famed coach. Unsubstantiated rumors had Ortiz working with Eddy Reynoso, who trains Ring Journal tremendous middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.

The 24-year-old is co-trained by his father, Vergil Sr., and Manny Robles.

Ortiz was scheduled to combat Michael McKinson of England on March 19 on a Golden Boy card on the Galen Middle on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, however he needed to withdraw from the combat after being recognized with rhabdomyolysis only a few days prior. Ortiz needed to be admitted to a neighborhood hospital after reportedly being sick and having problem reducing weight. 

Golden Boy was capable of finding a late-minute opponent in Alex Martin, who McKinson defeated by unanimous resolution. 

No phrase but on the place the combat happened, however Ortiz has drawn superb crowds to venues in Southern California and across the Dallas/ Fort Price space, close to his residence. 

Moreover the knockout win over Kavaliauskas, Ortiz has knockout wins over former WBO 140-pound titleholder Maurice Hooker and former world junior welterweight title challenger Antonio Orozco. 

Gomez is credited with discovering Ortiz, Jr., who signed a promotional cope with Golden Boy previous to his professional debut in July 2016.

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

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