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Vergil Ortiz unfazed if knockout streak ends on Saturday night

Vergil Ortiz. Photo credit: Getty Images

The knockout streak of Vergil Ortiz Jr 18-0 (18) could come to an end this Saturday night when he faces British southpaw Michael McKinson 22-0 (2) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

And the 24-year-old Texan really couldn’t care less.

“As far as being concerned about keeping (my stoppage streak) alive, I’m not gonna lie, I really don’t care,” Ortiz said.

“It’s a good thing and I’m grateful for having it. I’m kind of known for that and it’s like it’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. It’s a blessing because people are like ‘oh, let’s watch him, he’s won all his fights by knockout’. But at the same time a lot of people only see me as some reckless punching machine that only goes in for the knockout [and] can’t think.

“That’s not the kind of fighter I am. If anything, a lot of my knockouts have come from me thinking and exploiting their weaknesses and stuff like that.

“So anyways, long story short, I’m not really worried about if I get a knockout this fight or not. I would like one but I’m not concerned about losing my knockout streak or anything like that.”

Ortiz fought twice last year, earning knockout victories over former world champion Maurice Hooker and former world title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas, before being sidelined for a year.

As a result of the layoff the softly-spoken Ortiz has drifted from the forefront of the minds of boxing fans, but he plans to remedy that this weekend.

“If I start talking outside of the ring you’re gonna tell right away that that’s not the kind of person I am so I’m not gonna sit here and try to fake it and be someone that I’m not,” Ortiz said.

“I’m not good at doing that. I can do it if I want to but it’s gonna be pretty obvious that that’s not the kind of person I am so I’m just gonna stick to letting my fists do the talking, letting my skills pay the bills.”