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Sports Michael McKinson explains why the pressure is on Vergil Ortiz Jr.

14:51  01 august  2022
14:51  01 august  2022 Source:   dazn.com

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  What time is Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson today? Schedule, main card start time for 2022 boxing fight What time is Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson today? Schedule, main card start time for 2022 boxing fightA Golden Gloves silver medalist in 2016, Ortiz made his pro debut that year. He beat Antonio Orozco in 2019 to become the WBA Gold welterweight champion. In 2021, Ortiz faced off against former champion Maurice Hooker. He beat him via TKO to win the WBO International welterweight title. His last fight was a TKO win against former welterweight title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas in August.

Michael McKinson believes that Vergil Ortiz will regret waiting an extra five months for their welterweight match-up.

McKinson was due to make his US debut against the American welterweight in March but ill health forced Ortiz to pull out of the initial bout.

It has now been arranged for this weekend, shown live on DAZN, but McKinson thinks that his extended time to prepare makes him a more dangerous prospect for Ortiz.

Speaking to The DAZN Boxing Show, he said: “They should have got me in March. I’m a completely different fighter, I’m much more developed, I’ve made lots of improvements ever since. I’ve had six months to prepare for Vergil Ortiz now.  I’m happy I’m confident, I’m well prepared, and I’m ready to get there.”

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  Michael McKinson: Vergil Ortiz hasn't faced anyone like me Michael McKinson believes he will be Vergil Ortiz Jr.'s toughest test. With a 22-0 (2 KOs) record, McKinson acknowledged that he understands the reasons why he is a huge underdog, but said this fight is the one to earn the place he believes he deserves.

Given the frantic period before his last fight in March that saw Alex Martin step in to take on Ortiz’s place, McKinson discussed the chances of another problem, but he is not fazed.

“As long as they’ve got a replacement on standby,” he stated.

“I think there’s a lot of pressure on Ortiz to fight me. I’m sure he’ll make 147lbs, he’s got that pressure that everyone’s going to be thinking the same.

"A lot of people who knew him said they didn’t know how he made 147, so he is a big guy. It’s not a secret. I’m sure he’ll be fine. I can’t wait.”

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