Earlier right now, the WBA ordered ‘common’ welterweight champion Eimantas Stanionis to defend his secondary 147-lb belt towards #1 ranked contender Vergil Ortiz Jr subsequent.
It’s unclear why the WBA isn’t ordering champion Errol Spence Jr to be the one to face the secondary champion Stanionis.
If the WBA is dedicated to lowering the variety of titles in every weight class, ordering their two 147-lb champions, Spence and Stanionis, to battle can be the simplest method to accomplish that job for this division.
Having Stanionis battle Vergil Ortiz is a obligatory step, and it may not even occur.
There’s no phrase whether or not the Golden Boy-promoted 24-year-old Ortiz Jr (19-0, 19 KOs) will settle for the battle with the unbeaten Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) as a result of he’s nonetheless being slowly introduced alongside by his promoters, and they may not wish to throw him into the deep finish simply but.
The half the place it could appear unlikely for Ortiz to take this battle is that the winner can be ordered to face WBA full champion Errol Spence Jr. Whereas Ortiz is an efficient fighter, he doesn’t look wherever close to able to be thrown to the wolves simply but towards a expertise like Spence (28-0, 22 KOs).
Attempting to beat the undefeated Stanionis can be powerful sufficient for Ortiz. That battle can be an amazing step up in school for Vergil from his latest opponents, Michael McKinson, Egidijus ‘Imply Machine’ Kavaliauskas, Maurice Hooker, and Samuel Vargas.
The World Boxing Affiliation ought to have ordered a battle between #1 Vergil and #2 Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis to have the winner compete for a title shot towards Stanionis. That method, you’ll be getting the most effective contender to be difficult for a world title as a substitute of Ortiz being given a crack at a belt after his wins over Vargas, Hooker, McKinson, and ‘Imply Machine.’
“The WBA on Friday ordered a battle between its secondary welterweight titleholder, Eimantas Stanionis, and Vergil Ortiz, sources inform ESPN. If no deal is struck in 30 days, a handbag bid can be ordered,” mentioned Mike Coppinger.
Stanionis is coming off 12 spherical break up choice win over Radzhab Butaev final April on the undercard of Spence vs. Yordenis Ugas on the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.