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Ortiz Jr vs McKinson

An undefeated fighter who has crossed the Atlantic and risked his record against another man without a defeat to his name in the pro ranks is rarely kept so under the radar.

Perhaps that’s because Michael McKinson is as big as a 9-1 underdog where he upsets Virgil Ortiz, a big step up in class.

The 28-year-old worked his way up the welterweight ranks with 10-rounders at places like Portsmouth’s Liquid & Envy and Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Center before graduating from York Hall before taking home the biggest win of his career. I got it. On the date, Gibraltar, he defeated Chris Congo.

Compared to Virgil Ortiz Jr.’s record of 18 wins and 18 knockouts, who defeated the likes of Antonio Orozco, Malluis Hooker and Egidius Kavaliauskas to rank as the #1 challenger in the world in the WBA, WBC and WBO. , it pales in comparison.

“I’m obsessed with proving people wrong,” McKinson said, admitting he was a “huge” underdog in battle, winning the fight and representing Portsmouth across the UK. I confess that I struggled to make a name for myself in the early days.

Now he takes the Pompeii shirt to Ortiz Jr.’s backyard in Texas. If he wins, he has to remember his name.

Ortiz Jr vs McKinson

  • date: Saturday, August 6
  • venue: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
  • fight time: Expected around 4am UK time
  • TV/Live Stream: Online on DAZN, subscriptions from £7.99/month
  • undercard highlights: Esparza vs Guzman is a battle for two world titles, and Hooker vs Cobbs is a battle between a former world title challenger and someone he believes can be soon.
  • Me Predict: Ortiz knocked out in Round 4

full card

  • Marlen Esparza vs Eva Guzman (WBC and WBA women’s flyweight title)
  • Welterweight Maurice Hooker vs Blair Cobbs
  • Bektemir Melikdiev vs Sladan Janjanin super middleweight
  • Alex Martin vs Hank Lundy, super lightweight

behavior elsewhere

Back on this side of the Atlantic, Michael Conran Play in front of a home crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast. The 16-1 featherweight fighter is recovering from a knockout loss to Lee Wood in March. Miguel Marriaga (expected around 10pm UK time. Fit TV)a three-time world title challenger but never a champion, is now 35 and has five losses to his name.

in Sheffield, Dalton Smith It will become another home favorite. Born and raised in Yorkshire City, he was the United States Amateur Champion before turning in 2019 and has since racked up 11 professional victories, including the British title.Now he’s aiming to become British champion Sam Omaison (expected around 10pm UK time; DAZN) This has become a potentially spicy local derby.

In boxing, women’s work never ends

Catherine Lucas

Ten years after the London Olympics, most of the talk has been about legacy. In many sports it’s not entirely clear what that looks like. But in boxing, she looks like a glorious woman who is just 5-foot-4 and has just become the first female gold medalist in history.

A decade later, despite Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano selling out Madison Square Garden and Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall prepping for one of the biggest grudge matches in history But it looks like Nicola Adams, the face of women’s boxing.In short, women’s boxing is in a very different place than when Adams first became a household name.

“I was the only girl when I started going to the gym, but that has completely changed,” she says. Me“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I was overjoyed when Lauren Price won the gold medal.” [at Tokyo 2020]She was amazing and it was amazing to see another British woman win a medal at the Olympics. I hope that ”

Adams and her partner Ella Baig recently became parents for the first time (Photo: Getty)

Meanwhile, Ben Shalom, Britain’s youngest promoter, who founded Boxxer and is now on the Sky Sports card following the departure of Eddie Hahn, is doing his best to push the sport’s top end. I’m here.

That’s not achieved by manufactured rivalries either. In fact, Shalom admits that female boxers are typically less likely to criticize each other or make derogatory comments.

“Female boxers are so nice to each other because they’re part of something bigger,” he says. Me“They’re on the same path and trying to have more respect for this sport. They’ve all been dedicated to a sport without opportunity.”

There is one obvious exception to this rule. In September, self-proclaimed ‘greatest woman of all time’ Claressa Shields will take on Savannah her Marshall in one of the biggest fights in women’s boxing history in the UK.

The animosity between the two is palpable, very real and, above all, healthy for the sport.

“You need a big rivalry to grow the sport: Nadal and Federer, Manchester United and Liverpool, Verstappen and Hamilton. Men’s sports: Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Froch and Groves, Eubank Benn has been built on this, and without those rivalries the sport wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Even at the men’s game, Shalom knew he had to change preconceived notions about a sport that has been marginalized and struggles to attract large crowds more than once a year.

“You have to take care of yourself, but that’s the pressure of fighting every week,” says the founder of Boxxer, who is now responsible for Sky’s boxing cards.

“By competing with promoters who know all the tricks in the book and have been in business for 30 to 40 years, [Eddie] with Hearns [Frank] Warren of this country, [Al] Haymon and Bob Arum in the United States. It’s a very difficult sport to break into. ”

The first year wasn’t always smooth sailing. As fans lashed out at one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory, when Josh Taylor retained the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF belts against Jack Catterroll, Shalom lashed out. I was embarrassed and open.

“A million people watched the game and it wasn’t good publicity,” he says. “We saw the reaction. It was mostly anger and disgust. Like tennis, inside or outside, it can be subjective, but Knight said he needs to improve his boxing.” was clear.”

You can read our full interview with promoter Ben Shalom here and our interview with former boxer Nicola Adams here.