Vergil Ortiz gets another opportunity to showcase his skills infront of his hometown fans and this time former title challenger Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas will take the pleasure of sharing the ring with him on August 14 on DAZN from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
The unbeaten knockout artist Ortiz (17-0, 17KOs) has continually increased his level opposition in each fight and Kavaliauskas will be his toughest fight till date. The fight was formally announced by Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. is developing the most impressive resume for any boxer his age,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though the welterweight division is perhaps the most competitive weight class in the sport, Ortiz Jr. has been able to maintain a knockout ratio of 100% in his big tests against Antonio Orozco, Brad Solomon and Maurice Hooker.
On August 14, Ortiz Jr. will look better than ever and remind everyone why he is the biggest threat at 147 pounds.
Ortiz was able to maintain his knockout rate against a former champion Maurice Hooker, who was able to test Ortiz but was eventually dropped twice and stopped in the seventh round in front of a packed crowd in their hometown back in March 20th at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
A big message was sent with the win over Maurice Hooker as WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who was there to support his stablemate and his WBC/IBF counterpart Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21KOs) were both present at the event.
Ortiz will be hoping he will one day share the ring with the two champions in future and to him “Mean Machine” is a stepping stone to title fights. However, Ortiz is promising action in his as Kavaliauskas won’t be an easy fight.
“I always said I’m here to take on the toughest challenges to prove myself,” insists Ortiz, BoxingScene.com’s 2019 Prospect of the Year. “Egis is a very game, strong opponent, and a win over him would leave no doubts that I’m ready for a world title fight immediately.
“It won’t be easy, but that’s the point. The fans are going to enjoy this one.”
Kavaliauskas is no doubt a top contender in the deep welterweight division and has been to hold his own with the only blemish in his record being a round stoppage loss in the hands of Terence Crawford back in 2019. Kavaliauskas indicated interest in the fight when other welterweight fighters and contenders avoided Ortiz.
Kavaliauskas was able to bounce back from his first professional career loss with an eight round stoppage victory over Michael Zewski back in September and a win over Ortiz will sure catapult him back into another run for a world title.