Two undefeated boxers with very different styles go head-to-head in the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, with a potential world title bout on the horizon for the winner.

One is a knockout artist; the other exclusively wins via points. Who will prevail on Saturday?

With the initial bout delayed since March, both fighters will be ready to make their mark.

We preview the action below.

Ortiz to claim another knockout?

Fighting from his home country and state, Texas, Vergil Ortiz will feel his record of 18-0 with 18 knockouts is safe going into the ring as the overwhelming 1/12 favourite.

Hosting the bout and fighting a challenger travelling almost 5,000 miles is enough to give any boxer confidence, and Ortiz has already voiced how he feels ready for a world title bout. A victory against another undefeated fighter will surely put him in with a shout.

The knockout artist that has never failed to end a fight before the final bell certainly has the power advantage over his adversary and will look to stop him as early as possible to reduce the advantage he could take from gaining a superior points tally in a longer fight.

The American is 3/10 to win via KO/TKO or DQ, though coming up against arguably one of the more challenging opponents he will have faced; a boxer known for his agility and quick thought, he may struggle to be as clinical as he would hope.

Despite his opponent’s record and impressive victories via unanimous decision, Ortiz is still the favourite to win via points as well at 11/4. He is most likely to triumph in rounds four to six at 11/4 and is the favourite to win every round.

A challenge too great for McKinson?

Though the heavy underdog in this fight, Michael McKinson has made it clear that he feels this is the right fight for this stage in his career and that he has the ability to defeat the best in the division.

Fighting probably the best opponent of his 22 fights so far, an opponent that has beaten ex-title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas, McKinson goes into the fight as a 6/1 to pull off a surprise victory and is predicted by many to succumb to the first defeat in his career.

Though the British man from Portsmouth has won 22 fights, he has only achieved one win via knockout and comes up against an opponent that has knocked out all 18 of his opponents.

However, his boxing intelligence, quick mind and agility have all been hailed, and McKinson, nicknamed ‘The Problem’, is in with a good chance of winning the bout via decision or technical decision at 10/1. Understandably, given his fight record, he finds himself at 33/1 to win via KO/TKO or DQ.

The Brit does have another advantage up his sleeve that could make a positive difference in the ring. Winning his last fight in March against Alex Martin, McKinson has more recent ring experience than Ortiz, who last fought in August 2021, and could prove to be sharper and quicker to adapt.

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