Vergil Ortiz, Jr. is set to return to the ring this later summer to face Michael “The Problem” McKinson at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, August 6.
Golden Boy Promotions confirmed the match-up earlier today, setting up an exciting fight between the undefeated knockout artist from the Great State of Texas, and the fellow undefeated fighter frorm the Great Britain in McKinson who holds a 22-0 record with a pair of knockouts.
Vergil says he is looking forward to getting back into the ring and show the boxing universe that he is hungry for a world championship.
“I am very happy to be stepping back into the ring again,” said Vergil Ortiz, Jr. “I’m ready to show the world once again why I’m ready for a world title.”
And on the other side of the ring, the British believe he is finally getting the opportunity he deserves to prove why he is "the best" among welterweights.
“I’m getting what I deserve,” said Michael McKinson. “I was prepared to fight Ortiz, Jr. before; now, I have been given the opportunity again to prove I am the best in this division.” the British fighter added.
Oscar De la Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said that this fight will be massive for the hometown fighter in his return to the ring, and he sees this as the remaining stepping-stone before challenging any championship belt holder in boxing.
“Vergil Ortiz, Jr. is the most exciting welterweight in the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO. “We are happy that he is back, healthy, and feels 100%. Fighting in his home state, I can’t think of a better way for him to make his comeback and put on another great performance for his fans. He is one step away from challenging any world champion and he will prove it on August 6.”