Who Will Vergil Ortiz Jr. Face Next? Opponent, Potential Date, and More

Published 12/21/2021, 5:28 AM EST
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – AUGUST 10: Vergil Ortiz Jr. celebrates his victory vs. Antonio Orozco at The Theatre at Grand Prairie on August 10, 2019 in Grand Prairie, Texas. (Photo By Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


Vergil Ortiz Jr. might return to action in early 2022, hoping to continue his undefeated record and 100% KO streak. The 23-year-old has had two bouts in 2021, where he successfully grabbed and defended the WBO International welterweight title. While the 18-0 run validates him for a world title shot, it can still take time to happen.

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The current welterweight division seems to have outlined a plan to unify the WBC, IBF, and WBA belts by putting Errol Spence Jr. against Yordenis Ugas in-ring. WBO champion Terence Crawford may not be interested to put his belt at stake against a surging star in Vergil Ortiz Jr.

Hence, the American youngster may have to defend his WBO International strap yet again. But he won’t lack quality competition. Per reports, he shall return to the ring in the early stage of 2022 and take on another undefeated prodigy like him. Besides, his potential opponent holds more professional experience than him.

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Per ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Golden Boy Promotions have agreed to put on a show between Ortiz Jr. and British boxer Michael McKinson. 21-0 as a professional, McKinson has secured 2 wins this year and is currently the WBO Global welterweight champion. That said, 2022 shall be his ticket to the big fights and the winner of Ortiz vs McKinson can expect a crack at the world title.

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‘The Problem’ and Ortiz Jr. boast contrasting features as boxers. From their fighting styles to records, they can be difficult to understand as opponents to each other. That said, the welterweight collision can be sheerly entertaining when put to the display.

Can Vergil Ortiz Jr. fare dominantly against Michael McKinson?

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Ortiz Jr. is orthodox and an elite-level knockout artist. He has never let the judges decide his fate. But McKinson has won just 2 of his 21 bouts via stoppage and seems comfortable in full-length fights. McKinson is a southpaw and can offer some dramatic action against Ortiz Jr.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Vergil Ortiz Jr. smiles during the undercards press conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

He is an experienced boxer and has been flawless in his ride so far. But ‘The Problem’ has never come across anyone like Vergil Ortiz Jr. It will be a tough test for the Brit camp.

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Ortiz Jr. will offer aggression that can rattle any opponent inside the ring. If McKinson doesn’t deal smartly, he can lose his unbeaten status. As the world title shot will await the winner, it will intensify the bout even further.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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