Vergil Ortiz Finalizing Deal for Junior Middleweight Fight Against Serhii Bohachuk in August

Vergil Ortiz Jr. is thisclose to locking in his next opponent…

The 26-year-old Latino boxer, who has held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight title since 2021, and Serhii Bohachuk are finalizing a deal for an August 10 junior middleweight fight in Las Vegas, per ESPN sources.

Vergil Ortiz Jr.Ortiz (21-0, 21 KOs) was set to fight former champion Tim Tszyu on August 3 in Los Angeles — part of the Terence CrawfordIsrail Madrimov undercard — before the Aussie withdrew last month due to injury.

Now, Ortiz will headline a Golden Boy Promotions on DAZN card one week later.

The bout will be Ortiz’s third this year.

In January, he ended a 17-month layoff caused by rhabdomyolysis (a condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins and electrolytes into the blood).

Both of Ortiz’s comeback fights have ended in the first round, wins over Fredrick Lawson and Thomas Dulorme. The matchup with Bohachuk raises Ortiz’s competition level significantly.

Texas’ Ortiz is ESPN’s No. 4 boxer at 154 pounds; Bohachuk is No. 6.

Ukraine’s Bohachuk, 29, is coming off a career-best performance, a wide-points victory over contender Brian Mendoza in March.

Bohachuk suffered his lone pro defeat in March 2021, an eighth-round TKO vs. Brandon Adams.

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