Facts about Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Portsmouth pugilist Michael McKinson puts his perfect record on the line against fearsome puncher Vergil Ortiz Jr. on August 6 in Fort Worth, Texas.
As the unbeaten American has only ever fought in the States, not a great deal is known by the general boxing community, apart from the hardcore fans who would have been following the exciting prospect’s career for some time now.
So, for those who aren’t already in the know, BBN have listed a few quick facts about the talented Texan below:
Vergil Ortiz Jr. of Grand Prairie, Texas, was born on March 25, 1998.
Young Ortiz began his career at five years old when he was introduced to the sport by his father, Vergil Sr.
He first started began boxing when he was eight years old.
He is a seven-time national champion and winner of the 2013 Junior Olympics with an impressive amateur record of 140-20.
The decorated amateur signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions in 2016.
He turned pro over six years ago when he made his professional debut on July 30 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
He works with renowned trainer Robert Garcia, who along with Vergil Ortiz Sr. and Hector Beltran, make up his training team.
His last fight was May 4, 2019, and it was a huge step up in terms of competition and recognition. Due to several circumstances. Ortiz’s fight was elevated to the co-main event of Canelo vs. Jacobs. Ortiz took on former WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, which he won in spectacular fashion via a third-round knockout.
Ortiz is currently undefeated and has won every bout by way of knockout. His next fight will be for the vacant WBA Gold Welterweight title against Antonio “Relentless” Orozco on August 10 Grand Prairie, Texas, which will be the first hometown fight of his professional career. Ortiz plans to continue his knockout streak over his toughest opponent to date.
He fought on both Canelo vs Golovkin events.
Height: 5’9″ (178cm)
Reach: 72″ (183cm)
DOB: March 25, 1998
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
Wins by KO: 18
KO Ratio: 100%
Roll of Honour
2012 U.S. National Silver Gloves Champion
2013 U.S. National Silver Gloves Champion
2013 U.S. National Junior (Under-17) PAL Champion
2014 U.S. National Silver Gloves Champion
2014 U.S. National Junior (Under-17) PAL Runner-up
2016 U.S. National Golden Gloves Runner-up
WBA Gold welterweight title
WBO International welterweight title