Vergil Ortiz Jr. Breaks Down “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas in Round 8

Published 08/14/2021, 11:19 PM EDT
INDIO, CA – JULY 24: Vergil Ortiz (R) celebrates his knock-out victory over Jeremy Ramos at Fantasy Springs Casino on July 24, 2020 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


The headlining event between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Egidijus Kavaliauskas stayed true to the buzz created around it. Both the pugilists landed fiercely with their shots, thus keeping each other on their toes. Both Ortiz Jr. and Kavaliauskas gave it their all in the ring. Yet, in the end, it was the young gun who triumphed over his veteran adversary via a T/KO in round 8.

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As the fight began, Ortiz Jr. displayed his defensive side as he used his jabs. While doing so, he tried cutting the distance to his opponent.

The veteran, on the other hand, tried landing his right hands from the initial gong itself. Nevertheless, in round 2, ‘Mean Machine’ shook everyone when he dropped the 23-year-old with his slick combination.

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In round 3, Ortiz Jr. turned the tables as he dropped his contemporary with a powerful jab. The 23-year-old, being a favorite in this fight, only moved ahead with his shots, thus keeping his aggressive game-plan in play.

As the fight moved ahead, Ortiz Jr. came out with more weapons. He collected himself after that knockdown and showed a champion mindset. But Kavaliauskas, too, had a stern game plan, and he certainly showed it.

The two men continued to trade punches and didn’t relent. However, Ortiz Jr. grew into the fight and got better in the later rounds.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas – A magnetic tussle

In the later rounds, both Ortiz Jr. and Kavaliauskas put their jabs to the display. They even landed some fiery right hands on each other, showing their extensive power.

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In round 8, Ortiz Jr. dropped ‘Mean Machine’ four times, and eventually, the referee stopped the bout to save the latter from further damage.

With that, the Texas native claimed his 18th consecutive T/KO win. Furthermore, he also defended his WBO international welterweight title.

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He is by far the most promising prodigy who’s looking to go big with time. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Ortiz Jr.’s performance?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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