Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael Mckinson
Fighter Workout Quotes
The pride of Grand Prairie, Texas, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (18-0,
18 KOs), and top 10 ranked, undefeated welterweight
contender Michael “The Problem” McKinson (22-0, 2 KOs) of
Portsmouth, Great Britain hosted a media workout to promote
their upcoming fight on Saturday, August 6 at Dickies Arena
in Fort Worth, Texas that will stream live worldwide,
exclusively on DAZN. Their 12-round fight will be for
Ortiz's WBO International Welterweight Title.
In addition to the main event fighters, combatants from the
stacked card also participated in the workout including
newly crowned WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine Flyweight World
Champion Marlen Esparza (12-1, 1 KOs), Maurice "Mighty Mo"
Hooker (27-2-3, 18 KOs), and Blair “The Flair” Cobbs
(15-1-1, 10 KOs).
VERGIL ORTIZ, JR., WBO INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
"I feel very good. I am excited to get back into the ring.
It's been a year - a really long layoff. I wish we could
have been a little bit more active, but we're here now and
ready to make the most out of it."
"I'm expecting a very tactical fight - almost like a chess
match in there. I think fans will get to see how smart I am
in the ring."
"It's exciting and motivating to be on the threshold to
bigger opportunities. It makes me want to work harder."
"It's a hometown crowd and I hope we get to pack the house."
MICHAEL MCKINSON, UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“It feels good to be here. Obviously, back in March,
unfortunate circumstances happened and Ortiz had to
withdraw. But we got the opportunity again, so a big shout
out and thank you to Team Golden Boy because they didn't
need to offer it to me again, but they did."
"It feels good to be in Texas. For me and where I'm from,
fighting in the States is big - I get to do it twice and I
get to headline both. I'm happy."
"I'm not going to have to be looking for Ortiz this time
around. He's a young lion, he hasn't really put a foot
wrong, and I'm really here just trying to tame the lion.
I'll win U.S. fans like I did last time."
"A win over Ortiz changes my life; it changes my city of
Portsmouth, my team, my daughter and everyone around me."
MARLEN ESPARZA , WBC, WBA, AND RING MAGAZINE FLYWEIGHT WORLD
“I'm feeling great about my first ring defense. We had a
great camp; we've been focusing on this since the last time
I was in the ring. We knew we didn't want to stop any of the
momentum, we asked for a quick turnaround, and Golden Boy
also wanted a quick turnaround and so far, so good. I'm
looking forward to get in there and get it done."
"It's going to be an exciting fight, it's not an easy
opponent. We've been working hard. It's going to be somewhat
a little different from my end - it's going to be
"There's going to be a lot of fireworks for sure. I've been
practicing a lot of different styles. The fans haven't seen
everything that I can do yet!"
MAURICE HOOKER, FORMER LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
"I'm confident, and I'm ready to do my job."
"I'm going to do the same thing that you saw last fight: I'm
coming to fight and I'm not cowering down to anybody."
"Since my last fight, I've stayed in camp, stayed training
so that I could be ready for anything to come my way. I
expect a big crowd and everyone to be there for me."
"I'm not really worried about what my opponent says. I'm
from the hood. They hype me up. My fans can expect a good
fight. I'm coming for it all, and I am putting it all out
for Ms. Stacey."
BLAIR COBBS, WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“I'm just focused, locked in, and ready for my opponent."
"My last fight was a circumstantial lost. It's not a big
deal to me. I am the most exciting man in boxing, and I put
on a show no matter if it's a win or a loss - Blair "The
Flair" puts on a great show."
"I'm more focused and driven. I have a solid team that is
better than ever. Blair "The Flair" is looking to be the
best fighter he can possibly be every single fight. I made a
lot of changes within my camp to make sure that fans get the
"The guy I am fighting is tall, he's strong, and lanky. He's
better than the last fighter I fought."
"There's no 'stay busy' fights, there's no 'easy' fights.
This is a hard fight, a big fight, and could easily become
the pound-for-pound main event."