VERGIL Ortiz was hospitalized after passing out as his fight against Eimantas Stanionis was called off.
Ortiz, 25, has become one of the biggest rising boxing stars in the US, but perhaps his biggest conflict has been his health.
After passing out and being hospitalized on Thursday, his scheduled fight against Stanionis on Saturday has been postponed for the third time, according to Stanionis’ manager Shelly Finkel.
Ortiz is 19-0 with 19 KOs while Lithuania’s Stanionis is 14-0 with 9 KOs.
Boxing Scene confirmed the remainder of the show will continue on Saturday.
Undefeated lightweight talent Floyd Schofield Jr. (14-0, 11 KOs) will lead the show against Haskell Lydell Rhodes (28-4-1, 13 KOs).
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our fighters and of course we support Vergil’s decision 100 percent.” Golden Boy released in a statement.
“However, this unfortunate event opens the door for one of the Golden Boy’s finest candidates, Floyd Schofield, to increase his profile through headlining in his home state of Texas.”
“As always, we will be putting on a high-profile action card on July 8th and look forward to featuring all of our fighters both in San Antonio and on DAZN.”
At the end of March, Ortiz had to postpone his game against Stanionis after an episode of rhabdomyolysis.
The condition occurs when damaged muscle tissue leaks its proteins and electrolytes into the blood.
His condition resulted in his fight date being pushed back for the second time in just over a year.
Ortiz also pushed back his match against England’s Michael McKinson by more than four months to August 6 in Texas after being hospitalized shortly before their scheduled March 19 fight in Los Angeles.
And after his nine-round win over 29-year-old Englishman Michael McKinson in August, Ortiz Long was diagnosed with Covid.
He first contracted the virus before his 2020 win over Samuel Vargas.
25-year-old Ortiz had been preparing to change dates again with Stanionis as the Lithuanian canceled due to emergency appendectomy.
Ahead of the duo’s third cancellation on Thursday, the WBA’s second “regular” world title was at stake between Ortiz and Stanionis, which in turn set the winner up for Errol Spence Jr.’s full title.