Vergil Ortiz Jr. & Oscar De La Hoya Press Day
Undefeated, WBO International Welterweight Champion, Vergil
Ortiz Jr. (18-0, 18 KOs), of Grand Prairie, Texas and
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya hosted a
special press event today at the Galen Center to promote the
upcoming bout between Vergil Ortiz, Jr. and #3 WBO ranked
welterweight Michael “The Problem” McKinson (21-0, 2 KOs) of
Portsmouth, Great Britain. The pair are set to collide on
Saturday, March 19 at University of Southern California’s
Galen Center in Los Angeles. The 12-round fight for Ortiz,
Jr.'s WBO International Welterweight title will stream live,
worldwide, exclusively on DAZN.
Below are what Vergil and Oscar had to say about the
VERGIL ORTIZ, JR., WBO INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION:
"I feels awesome putting a card in LA. I have a lot of fans
here in LA that have been asking me on social media to come
back and I am happy that we are able to do that. I am
looking forward to putting on a good show at the Galen
"I always train to go the distance in every fight. I don't
go into the ring looking for the knock out. If the
opportunity comes to finish the fight with a knock out I
will take it.
"I would love to fight at the very least three times this
year. After this fight get back in the ring as soon as
possible, stay active. That's how I feel the sharpest.
"My dad has been training me the whole time alongside Hector
Beltran. He's the one that is always on my a** making sure
that I am doing everything right. Now that we have added
Manny Robles to the corner, he brings experience and a
different point of view. He's taken fighters like Oscar
Valdez and Andy Ruiz to world title fights and hopefully we
can do the same."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO GOLDEN BOY:
"As a promoter we have to knock on a lot of doors to get our
fighters a fight, and it's a dream come true when fighters
like Michael McKinson want to face one of our guys. Vergil
is in a very unique position, being 18-0, 18KOs. World
champions know that he's dangerous, world champions know
that if they get in the ring with him there will be a huge
possibility that they are going to loose. So it surprised me
that McKinson was knocking on Vergil's door, on our door. It
just goes to show you that when you are fighting at this
level, you are going to cross paths with great fighters who
want to fight the best.
"Vergil has his father who knows the in's and out's. He has
trained him all his life. It was a breath of fresh air to
hear what they were thinking, to come to LA which has great
fighters and great sparring. Manny has experience and great
knowledge that can be a good second voice for Vergil's
father, who is on the fore front of Vergil's training.
"Vergil is just getting better and better, and better. I
tell every world champion, fight Vergil now. Fight him now
because if you wait a year or two, it will only get worse
for you because Vergil is very young and just getting better
and better. He's knocking on the door of these champions so
it's going to be very interesting on who he fights next."