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Vergil Ortiz Jr says ring rust won’t be a factor when he faces Michael McKinson on August 6

Vergil Ortiz Jr stops Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the eighth. Photo credit: Omar Vega/Getty Images

Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr 18-0 (18) believe the year he has spent out of the prize ring will do him no damage when he faces fellow unbeaten Michael ‘The Problem’ McKinson 22-0 (2) at Dickies Arena in Forth Worth, Texas on August 6.

It will be the 24-year-old Texan’s first fight since knocking out former world title challenger Egidijus ‘Mean Machine’ Kavaliauskas 22-2-1 (18) in August last year.

“Michael McKinson is ranked by the WBO, he’s undefeated, it would look good on my resume if I defeat him. He’s a good fighter,” Ortiz said during a virtual media roundtable.

“[Spence vs Crawford] I want my shot with whomever, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Ortiz said he had made some minor changes to his training routine for this fight.

“We just made some changes here and there, in terms of my training. Not huge changes, but overall I feel 100% now. We are ready to go,” he said.

“I really want to get back into the ring. By the time I fight this August, it will almost be a whole year. I would love to fight at least twice this year and stay even busier next year.

“I was very disappointed that I didn’t get to fight [on March 19] especially since we found out I wasn’t able to go on, literally, the week of the fight. It’s not like I wanted to waste a whole training camp and some months before that; that’s not me.

“I did see Michael McKinson fight that night. I didn’t think too much about it. First of all, he fought someone who had a completely different style than I. But we are aware of how he fights, so we have a little more tape to go off of.

“My time away will not have any impact on me. These last few weeks in sparring I have been doing really well. I feel great, I feel like I have been fighting every week. So, I don’t think my time away will have any impact on my performance at all.

“I don’t feel like I will have a home field advantage at Dickies Arena. Definitely the people will be on my side; but I feel like regardless of where I am at, whenever I land punches the crowd erupts anyway. So I don’t see it as an advantage.

“I have learned things from all the different coaches that I have been with. Every coach has their own point of view, they all have different styles. One thing that I have learned from Manny [Robles] is to be really explosive with my punches. Don’t waste time reacting, don’t think about it. Because if you think about it you get stuck and then you can make mistakes.”