The on again/off again welterweight contender battle between unbeatens Vergil Ortiz and
Eimantas Stanionis is now rescheduled officially and has a new location.
This as Golden Boy made their official announcement on Monday afternoon that Ortiz-Stanionis will happen in July and in San Antonio, TX,
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From their release:
“A new date has been set for the highly anticipated clash between undefeated knockout sensation Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (19-0, 19 KOs) of Grand Prairie, Texas and World Champion Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) of Kaunas, Lithuania for Stanionis’ WBA Regular Welterweight Title. Originally scheduled for April 29, the bout was postponed after Ortiz, Jr. suffered a rhabdomyolysis flare-up due to long COVID. The 12-round championship showdown will now take place at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on July 8 and will be broadcast worldwide exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Stanionis vs. Ortiz, Jr will go on sale Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50 not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com or by using the Ticketmaster App on your mobile device.”
As the release mentions, this is the third attempt to hold the bout with Stanionis having also suffered an appendicitis earlier this year that delayed the bout the first time until late April. That fight was to have been in Ft.Worth, TX.
Ortiz has an impressive KO streak to begin his career with 19 straight of them. However, there are now serious concerns about his health. This as in 2022 he first developed the potentially deadly blood condition that required hospitalization and treatment for several weeks. Ortiz came back to KO Brit Michael McKinson in August of last year and that further solidified his standing in the world rankings.
Stanionis has been waiting for Spence fight
As for Stanionis, the 28-year-old former Lithuanian Olympian has moved up to the top spot in the WBA rankings and won the “regular” 147 lb. title with a split-decision victory against Radzhab Butaev back in April 2022. That was Stanionis’ biggest win to date, but he’s now been out of the ring for over a year.
Errol Spence holds three welterweight titles, including the WBA’s “super” championship.
Ortiz remains one of the prized prospects for De La Hoya’s Golden Boy stable of fighters, but their serious health condition has everything in flux until this bout can potentially get in the ring in the mid-Summer.
Clearly, the winner of this bout will be in line to fight Spence or could be elevated to his “super” status if Spence continues to fight no one and gets potentially stripped later in 2023.