Portsmouth welterweight Michael McKinson did get to make his American debut after all following a tumultuous week for the twenty-seven-year-old. Originally slated to fight hot prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr before the Texan was forced to pull out with rhabdomyolysis, with Jesus Antonio Perez then drafted in before he also pulled out due to weight issues.
Eventually, America’s Alex Martin was confirmed as the opponent for McKinson, the latter getting his hand raised following a wide victory on the scorecards, the judges finding him winner by scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91 respectively.McKinson will now surely spend time with his family before again looking for another big fight as he looks to force his way into the mix at the top of the 147lb division, his record now standing at 22-0-0.
Greenwich-residing featherweight Ramla Ali also fought on the card in Los Angeles which was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, scoring a second-round stoppage of Shelly Barnett in her fifth professional fight. Ali’s resume now stands at 5-0-0 respectively.