Knockout specialist Vergil Ortiz Jr. challenges champion Eimantas Stanionis for the WBA Regular welterweight title on July 8 in Texas, broadcast live on DAZN .
The fighters will each be making their 2023 debuts in the match, as Ortiz (19-0-0, 19 KOs) was last in action in a victory over Michael McKinson in August while Stanionis hasn't fought since winning the WBA title against Radzhab Butaev on April 16, 2022.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Stanionis vs. Ortiz.
Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BST
Main event ringwalks (approx): 10 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. BST
The main card is set to get underway at 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BST with the main event cagewalks scheduled for 10 pm ET / 2 a.m. BST. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
The fight has already been postponed twice. It was set for March 18 before Stanionis, 28, underwent an emergency appendectomy in January in Lithuania. A second postponement came when Ortiz, 25, dealt with a recurrence of rhabdomyolysis, pushing the fight from its April 29 date.
"I've been so inactive, it's depressing when you're just at home and you feel like a bum and you know you should be out there," Ortiz said. " ... I'm trying to show them that I'm here like I never left." feel great overall. ... I can't explain how good I feel compared to how I was."
“It’s a 50-50 fight, but whoever can do more things use their tools more,” said Ennis.
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