One other night time, one other hometown headliner and step-up in school for Vergil Ortiz Jr.
In what has turn out to be a well-known theme in his rise to rivalry, the hardest check thus far awaits the unbeaten knockout artist from Grand Prairie, Texas. As beforehand reported by BoxingScene.com, Ortiz (17-0, 17KOs) will subsequent face former title challenger Egidijus “Imply Machine” Kavaliauskas, with their welterweight bout as a result of happen August 14 on DAZN from Ford Heart at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
The bout was confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions who formally introduced the occasion Tuesday morning.
“Vergil Ortiz Jr. is creating essentially the most spectacular resume for any boxer his age,” stated Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Although the welterweight division is maybe essentially the most aggressive weight class within the sport, Ortiz Jr. has been in a position to preserve a knockout ratio of 100% in his huge assessments towards Antonio Orozco, Brad Solomon and Maurice Hooker.
“On August 14, Ortiz Jr. will look higher than ever and remind everybody why he’s the largest menace at 147 kilos.”
Ortiz sought to ship that message in his final outing, a seventh-round stoppage of former junior welterweight titlist Maurice Hooker. The battle of native, pleasant rivals came about this previous March 20 in entrance of a packed crowd at Dickies Area in Fort Value, Texas. Hooker examined Ortiz as marketed, earlier than the 23-year-old twice dropped the Dallas native en path to sustaining his good knockout-to-win ratio.
The win got here within the presence of welterweight royalty. WBO titlist Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is a stablemate of Hooker and made the journey in help of the previous titlist whereas additionally partly to scout Ortiz. Additionally on website was WBC/IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21KOs), who subsequent faces the legendary Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) on August 21.
Each are acknowledged targets of Ortiz, who’s prepared to proceed to push himself when it comes to going through the perfect of the remaining within the division.
“I all the time stated I’m right here to tackle the hardest challenges to show myself,” insists Ortiz, BoxingScene.com’s 2019 Prospect of the Yr. “Egis is a really sport, sturdy opponent, and a win over him would depart no doubts that I’m prepared for a world title struggle instantly.
“It gained’t be simple, however that’s the purpose. The followers are going to get pleasure from this one.”
The struggle comes about as a result of Kavaliauskas’ willingness to rise to the event at a time when a number of different welterweights regarded the opposite manner. The 2-time Olympian for Lithuania has confirmed himself as a bubble contender within the stacked welterweight division, along with his lone loss coming in a ninth-round stoppage by the hands of Crawford of their December 2019 WBO welterweight title struggle.
Kavaliauskas has since rebounded with an eighth-round stoppage of Michael Zewski final September in his final struggle with High Rank. The 33-year-oid contender—who’s guided by multi-time Supervisor of the Yr Egis Klimas—now goals to smash the hometown celebration deliberate for Ortiz together with any plans for his youthful foe to dash towards the title image.
“Followers have been asking for this struggle, and we’re going to present it to them,” saidKavaliauskas. “So, mark your calendar and have your popcorn prepared. A battle is coming.”
Per the announcement from Golden Boy, tickets will go on sale Friday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. native (Central) time. Value factors for the occasion are $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35 (plus service charges) and can be found on the market at seatgeek.com.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox