Particulars: Saturday, August 6, 2022, from Dickies Enviornment, Fort Value, Texas: Vergil Ortiz vs. Michael “The Downside” McKinson, USA vs. Britain, welterweights. (DAZN.)
Background: Ortiz fought 4 instances in 2019 – extraordinary for these days. I used to be informed way back by a neurologist and veteran ring physician of numerous huge fights, that staying sharp means staying protected. I agree.
Now that Ortiz, 24, has ‘arrived,’ perhaps his staff feels much less have to work him, as he fought solely twice final yr, however Covid and whatnot might need re-arranged schedules, and many others.
Ortiz’s opponent, Briton Michael McKinson, 28, is brilliant, articulate, and motivated as a result of Ortiz is a huge elevating of the bar. He’s in approach over his head, outclassed and outgunned, however sport. He seemed okay beating Alex Martin in a minor upset. Ortiz was scheduled to battle McKinson earlier this yr however turned unwell. My level stays, why was this battle ever scheduled?
And why not – tackle Ortiz, from McKinson’s perspective? Is he cashing out?
Ortiz has received each battle by stoppage. That mentioned, whereas a lot of it’s match-making – Vergil just isn’t an infinite puncher – Ortiz does have energy.
Fighters Grades: (Velocity, Energy, Protection, Attain, Age, Stamina, Expertise)
Vergil Ortiz: B B B B B B B Complete: B (3.0)
Michael McKinson: B-C- B B C+ B C+ Complete: C+ (2.6)
Actuality test: No thought why Workforce Ortiz picked McKinson – over to Max Boxing Editor John J. Raspanti (sound of crickets). John, why?
Editor John crickets: I imply John: It seems like a showcase battle. They had been imagined to have fought earlier than. Name it a make-up bout.
Ortiz is fast sufficient, has some energy, is youthful, clever, and seemingly a superb dude.
He has boxing fundamentals down chilly.
This consists of all of the punches – Vergil has knocked out opponents with physique pictures and headshots.
He’s NOT front-foot heavy. His offense could also be his finest protection however whereas no Mayweather, Ortiz is a strong defensive fighter. Ortiz is not any Tyson of the Welters, however 18 of 18 KO’s says rather a lot about timing, shot choice, and coaching. All that good things apart, fights like this don’t serve Ortiz, followers, or the game nicely.
Nothing in opposition to McKinson, a sometimes fearless Brit. He does throw a superb straight left (he’s a southpaw), however his proper appears to hold zero energy. It’s under-utilized, and he isn’t an excellent jabber. A one-armed bandit and the ‘good’ arm isn’t Hammer of the gods.
Okay – distinctive. It’s tremendous extensive, however Mckinson nonetheless manages to be massively front-foot heavy. His protection is to fall into his opponent if he, McKinson misses pictures – a not unheard-of approach, and to this point, it’s labored. Head motion is minimal, and with that extensive stance, he retains his distance.
Battle and prediction:
That is boxing. Something would possibly occur. Whereas continuously exaggerated – when’s the final time DAZN hasn’t talked about it three-four instances – southpaws and right-handers do tangle toes – and trigger cuts from unintended butts. With southpaw McKinson’s cement-like lead proper foot caught to the canvas – even with a large stance, Ortiz will ultimately time him.
Vergil Ortiz TKO Michael McKinson, 9.