Here’s what’s going on in the world of boxing (list updated each Monday).
See entire schedule below! Source: espn.
Undefeated Ryan Garcia KNOCKED OUT former 2x World Champion, Javier Fortuna. The 12-round lightweight fight streamed on DAZN.
July 30: Brooklyn, New York (Showtime) — Danny Garcia vs. Jose Benavidez Jr.,
12 rounds, junior middleweights
Aug. 13: TBA, Florida (ESPN/ESPN+) — Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa,
10 rounds, junior welterweights.
Aug. 6: Fort Worth, Texas (DAZN).
Will Vergil Ortiz Get Test In His Saturday Return?
“Fortunately, time is on my side,” Ortiz said. “I’m only 24 years old, and at the same time, I don’t want to be wasting time. You know what that’s like. I should have fought three or four times already, and that’s time we won’t get back.
Ortiz will be back in action for the first time in 51 weeks when he squares off against British southpaw Michael McKinson in a 12-rounder that will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card on Saturday (DAZN, 9 ET p.m.) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, a home region fight for Ortiz, who is from nearby Grand Prairie.
The fight took on added significance this week when it was upgraded to title eliminator status. According to Golden Boy, the winner will become the mandatory challenger for WBA “regular” titlist Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs).
“I am grateful for this fight to be an eliminator,” Ortiz said. “It’s just closer to a world title shot.”
Added McKinson: “Knowing that this is now a world title eliminator adds more fuel to the fire. This is just the cherry on top.”
Last August, Ortiz scored his most significant win when he knocked out former world title challenger “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the ninth round. Kavaliauskas’ only previous loss was by ninth-round knockout to Terence Crawford challenging him for his welterweight world title in December 2019.
Ortiz was initially supposed to fight McKinson in January but the date was pushed back to March 19 in Los Angeles. Then Ortiz was forced to withdraw. Five days before the fight, he was hospitalized in Los Angeles and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. It can damage the heart and kidneys and in the most severe cases cause death.
Ortiz received treatment and is fine now. McKinson faced late replacement Alex Martin and won a lopsided decision
The 12-month layoff will be the longest of Ortiz’s career.