Photo credit to KEVIN ESTRADA
This Saturday, Grand Prairie's Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (17-0, 17 KO's), the WBO International Welterweight champion, tipped the the scale at a perfect 147 pounds and Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KOs) stepped on the scale at 146.6 pounds.
Not only is Ortiz an undefeated fighter, he also has a perfect KO record. In addition to that, he is becoming the rising star in the welterweight division and is promoted by GoldenBoy Promotions.
Although this is a step up, some would wonder why Ortiz is fighting Kavaliauskas, considering he was stopped by Crawford. At that time, Kavaliauskas was the supposed mandatory challenger against Crawford, and as of today, he still is ranked fifth by the WBO. Strangely, before this fight, Crawford said Ortiz was being moved too fast, and recommended he fight Kavaliauskas.
Despite this, if Ortiz stops Kavaliauskas before nine and puts on an explosive performance, Ortiz should be the mandatory to Crawford. Ortiz at this time is the WBO's number one mandatory, but for some reason, the WBO ordered Crawford to fight Porter, who is the number two ranked welterweight by the WBO.
Having won his last fight, Kavaliauskas, who also has eighteen knockouts to his record, dropped Crawford in his fight with him, which some debate whether it was a flash knockdown or the real deal. Because of this, he still is a dangerous fighter and will test Ortiz.
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The DAZN broadcast beings at 7 p.m. CT
Undercard to stream exclusively on Facebook Watch at 3 p.m. CT
Tickets for Ortiz, Jr. vs. Kavaliauskas are on sale now and are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35, not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.seatgeek.com.