Vergil Ortiz Jnr recorded his 18th straight knockout victory with an impressive stoppage of Egidijus Kavaliauskas in Texas

BRILLIANT welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jnr, 18-0 (18), ventured into the eighth round for the first time in his professional career tonight (August 14) at The Star in Frisco, Texas, but didn’t plan on going any further than that, stopping the gutsy Egidijus Kavaliauskas, 22-2-1 (18), later in that very round.

The stoppage, delivered right on the bell to end the eighth, came following a thrilling two-way brawl which saw both men hit the canvas – Ortiz once (though, strangely, not ruled a knockdown), Kavaliauskas five times – and Ortiz, the highly fancied superstar-in-waiting, overcome more than one moment of crisis. He produced, in the end, yet another knockout victory in a career full of them but learnt far more in the process of securing this one than he would have done in the previous 17 combined.

Full report to follow…

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