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WBA #1 welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. has pulled out of Saturday’s fight against WBA “regular” welterweight champion Eimantas Stanionis scheduled for Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. Ortiz reportedly fainted and required hospitalization. This is the third time Stanionis-Ortiz has been postponed. Previously, Ortiz pulled out due to a flare-up of rhabdomyolysis and Stanionis pulled out due to emergency appendectomy surgery.
Statement from Golden Boy Promotions: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our fighters, and we of course support Vergil’s decision 100 percent. This unfortunate event does however open the door for one of Golden Boy’s top prospects, Floyd Schofield, to accelerate his profile by headlining in his home state of Texas. We will, as always, put on a high-action card from top to bottom on July 8 and look forward to showcasing all of our fighters both in San Antonio and on DAZN.”
More information on the July 8 event will be announced shortly.
Ortiz should forget about boxing, seems that his body can’t handle boxing training demands. Great talent, but unfortunately he is very frail.
And when did he become so frail, think anything specific might have caused that?
I found this information “He had multiple bouts with COVID-19 and developed a condition known as rhabdomyolysis in which muscle fibers break down and are released into the blood, potentially causing kidney failure”
I can sympathize if it’s real.
Unfortunately p, with the current circus atmosphere surrounding boxing, fans need proof.
Maybe it’s an unexpected reaction to the . There’s a long list of athletes with adverse effects.
You apparently know, so please educate us. I assume you are his in-camp doctor?
His case is well documented, just Google
After just 2 cancellations in a row you say this? Thank you, Doctor.
This is twice that Ortiz has canceled on the Lithuanian with his made-up disease, which is clearly him being unable to cheat down to 147. Stanionas should sue team Ortiz for doing this again. I don’t ever want to hear about Ortiz fighting ever again and he should retire right away, OR move up to 154 or 160 where his mysterious disease will vanish. I can’t imagine a promoter ever wanting to take a chance on him again or a fighter wanting to waste their time. Today’s American fighters are the biggest prima donnas in the history of boxing. Poor Stanionis.
Take it easy man. Don’t rush to judge the poor guy is suffering. We are living in different times
It’s that bleeding heart liberal attitude and apathy that is turning this country into a bunch of soft pansies. I’m also not rushing to judge him as he’s done this two times prior to the same fighter. There’s no disease, he’s just going through too extreme of weight cut and suffering from massive dehydration symptoms. Nothing more, nothing less. If he wasn’t a weight cheater he wouldn’t be going through this shit.
What is he suffering from?
It’s tough not to be cynical when this has happened twice before.
CLEARLY. Do you go through your life this certain about everything of which you have now knowledge? Scary.
Ortiz isn’t exactly known as a big welterweight. Middleweight would be too much for hi aggressive style.
I think Ortiz, if he is to fight on, needs to move up to 154. He may’ve already shortened his career going through all of these things and THEN attempting to squeeze down to 147 cannot be healthy even if he can make it and fight. I wish him all the best but clearly he needs to make some changes and IMMEDIATELY.
Yes this has to be it for him at Welter. Too many fighters I think are trying to fight in weight classes too small for them. They hit an age and just cannot do it anymore. Too bad Golden Boy never had Rocha or Cobbs available to take his place. Looks like I will watch the ESPN card afterall and watch the replay on DAZN later.
Seems probable.
Wow that sux I was looking forward to this fight. I feel for Ortiz tho it looks like his condition is really effecting his career. I dont know what these guys do after when they invested all of their life into the sport and they cant anymore due to health reasons.
He doesn’t have a condition, it’s called dehydration. Americans are so stupid now.
True v that t can’t make 147 or cycling off of roids screwed him
Ummmmmm sad
I was so excited for this fight I like Ortiz boxing full of fireworks
Boy needs to retire if his heart isn’t in it and his health also.
i saw a training video and he looked good in it. But, training and fighting are two different things. Why are the Charlo brothers not fighting? There is an undercurrent nobody wants to touch. Deception and exploitation is the order of the day.
On what do you base the ‘his heart isn’t in it’ comment?
Difficult to keep promoting fights for Ortiz. It’s too bad cause I really like him but rhabdamyolosis (?) is very serious and difficult to overcome. Even if he moves up to 154 the rigors of training for professional prize fights will be too much. Tough break for such a nice young man. I will not be suprised to see him try one last time at 54 before his promoter cuts him loose.
Eimantas Stanionis should immediately handed the WBA welterweight championship belt. A first title defense should occur within 90 days.
since he left Robert Garcia, his carrer goin’ fall
Surely leaving your trainer has nothing to do with subsequently getting ill. Why would you even suggest this?
Sometimes when it rains it pours, hopefully this is just a series of unfortunate events and Ortiz can resume his career soon.
Agreed! We shouldn’t sit here pretending we know exactly what’s going on and what will happen. All we can do is hope.
I was pushing for Ortiz, Jr. (Ortiz) to create massive waves at 147.
I hope there are folks (medical background or not) on this site for the following questions:
1) Based on Ortiz’s previous/present medical conditions, is it healthier for him to fight at 154 (and not at 147)?.
2) Did Ortiz’s previous medical condition cause his current medical condition?
3) Based on Ortiz’s health issues, should he retire?.
4) Other than/in addition to standard medications, are there natural remedies/foods that may help Ortiz to comfortably make 147?.
I hope this young man gets better.
Good questions. I like your approach. Better we have questions at this stage than certainty in our answers when we have no way of KNOWING what is really going on. I do hope all the answers ultimately prove favorable and Ortiz is able to return.
I hate fighters who insist on fighting in lower weight classes to get an advantage.
That is why they need to go back to same-day weigh-ins.
Ultimately, how much of an advantage is it really, though?
I think this would continue with same day weigh ins. Fighters would still try to fight in classes that are too small for them and with less time to rehydrate it could get more dangerous. Ortiz needs to move up, I think this has become painfully obvious. The problem is that Golden Boy has even less traction at 154 then 147. There may have been a pubic demand to for Ortiz to get the Crawford vs Spence winner had he beat Stanionis so maybe there was a chance at some big money there and the parties may and I stress may have worked something out. There really isn’t any big fights to make for him at 154 that would make Haymon and Oscar work together imo. I also do not see a path that gets him there. I do not like PBC and how they have handled business but I think that is where he should go. He might then get fights with Lubin, Mendoza, Fundora or Tszyu. They may even be able to recycle Tony Harrison one more time to get his feet wet. There is Perrella, and all sorts of guys he can fight at PBC in the 154lb division. I get that it will not be the big money he was hoping for at Welter…but that ship appears to have sailed as he is too big to be on it!
Getting rid of the junior and super divisions would make this much harder to do.
he just needs to move up in weight already. he can’t handle losing lots of water. 147 is not for him anymore.
Jab injured. He will never be back.
Unfortunate that you have such certainty in things about which you likely know little to nothing.
Vergil Ortiz has said the COVID vaccine made him sick.
Saw a pic of him when he was in London, i was shocked that he can make 147, he looked like a good size middle. I will bet that he goes into the ring around 170-75
No ways.
He doesn’t want to move up to 154 and fight the likes of a Charles Conwell.
I feel really bad for this young man!! People who have seen him in camp will tell you how hard he works and takes no shortcuts!! I think he should seriously consider a move up to 54 if weight cutting is the problem? Seems like his condition flares up when dropping weight?? Otherwise, it may be time to think about long term health. Again, I feel so bad for him!!
It’s not healthy to cut weight like that. Marvin Hagler walked around at 163 lbs between fights and he weighed in at 160!
Fainting is serious business, and may be an indication that his boxing career is over. If this is how he goes out, it’s unfortunate. Hopefully, Ortiz’s condition is not life threatening.
Rhabdomyolysis is a real condition. But it shouldn’t occur in a health, well conditioned athlete. I suspect he is cutting extreme amounts of weight and his body cannot handle it. He needs to fight at 154 or even 160. Clearly 147 is not the weight for him. He is likely very dehydrated.
I’d have more sympathy if the guy hadn’t pulled out at 48hrs notice. Clearly he wasn’t going to make weight. The usual stooges either falling for it, or trying to make excuses in the comments section. Ajay the chief among them. Give it a rest you hack.
Ortiz’s career is probably over. He got the COVID vaccine and has had health problems ever since then.
The most reasonable next step is for Ortiz to move up to 154lbs, he’s a big 147lbs and his body is not reacting well to the weight cup demands. He should also reconsider his physical trainer and nutritionist.

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Since putting on gloves at 13 years old, Canelo Alvarez has gone from red-haired rookie sensation to boxing royalty.
Born in Guadalajara, the Mexican star has won gold in four divisions and he’s the current undisputed super middleweight champion. He has beaten the best in boxing, including Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, and Gennadiy Golovkin.
Now 33, the battle-hardened Canelo has transitioned into the “veteran” category and some feel his best years are behind him. He now seeks to prove his doubters wrong when he defends his titles against Jermell Charlo on September 30. 
“I always believe that I’m number one, my whole career,” Canelo said at a media workout. “You need to believe in yourself, I still believe I’m number one. But I believe there is more than just one fighter alone at the top, there are a few. I still feel young and fresh. I never think about the end of my career. I just train and fight year after year. I still feel that I’m at my best.”
The Canelo-Charlo fight takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a familiar home for Canelo, whereas Charlo is headlining there for the first time. The 12-round bout, plus undercard action, will air on Showtime PPV in the U.S. and DAZN in the U.K.
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Per Sports Interaction, Canelo is the -388 favorite, while Charlo, the undisputed super welterweight champion, is the +288 underdog. Despite those odds, Charlo, also 33, sees himself as the better fighter.
“This is the biggest fight in boxing, and I’m coming to leave it all in the ring like I do every time,” Charlo said. “I manifested this fight into existence and earned it with everything I’ve done in this sport so far. Canelo is a great fighter, but he’s gonna see what Lions Only is all about. When the fight’s over, people are gonna have to recognize that I’m the best fighter in the sport.” 
Charlo is not worried about the weight gain, having to move up two weight classes to take on Canelo. Sparring big men and working alongside his brother Jermall, the WBC middleweight champion, Jermell believes this is the perfect time to fight Canelo.
Does Charlo have a fair point? Could Canelo be overlooking the supposedly smaller man?

Canelo already announced his intentions on The Breakfast Club to retire around 36-37. He even teased retirement if he lost to John Ryder in May, which is a fight he would go on to win by unanimous decision. A former pound-for-pound No. 1, Canelo has tough challenges ahead of him outside of Charlo, including David Benavidez and a potential rematch against light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. 
Boxing great Bernard Hopkins believes Charlo is a different challenge for Canelo, who hasn’t fought below super middleweight since 2019.
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“His style is totally different from the styles that Canelo has fought. [Charlo is] younger, more determined to prove that Canelo’s time has been great, but it’s up,” Hopkins told Fight Hype via Boxing Social. “I just believe that Canelo will have to get him out of there early. The later the fight goes, the more Canelo will start showing not only his age but he’ll start showing the success he’s been enjoying for so long is starting to look different.
“I see hard-earned, skillful moments in that fight where [Charlo], who wants to prove himself, will come out and show us something that we knew he had, but he’s never had to show it till he steps in with Canelo. Canelo elevates Charlo. I just think he has the skills, and if he maintains that mentality, it can be really a nightmare for Canelo, based on style.”
Charlo was supposed to fight Tim Tszyu for super welterweight gold before a hand injury nixed a planned bout. He wants to become undisputed at 168, return to 154, and potentially take on pound-for-pound No. 1 Terence Crawford. Regardless of his upcoming plans, Charlo’s focus is solely on beating Canelo, the man who has had beef with both brothers. 
Holding more gold and honoring family is enough motivation for Charlo. Though he has proven everyone wrong over the years, the current uncertainty surrounding Canelo may be the perfect time for the Louisiana-born Charlo to face the super middleweight king.

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Enrollment in the state has plummeted, but it has one of the highest ratios of institutions to students in the country. The result is fierce competition over a dwindling pool of applicants.
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Daniel Greenstein, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, stands in front of a downward-trending graph showing state high school graduation rates in 2019. As enrollment nosedived across the state’s public colleges, Greenstein merged campuses in his system.
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Pennsylvania has a numbers problem.
With nearly 250 colleges and universities, including over 40 public institutions, Pennsylvania has the fourth most higher education institutions of any state, after California, Texas and New York. It is home to four public multicampus institutions—Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)—in addition to Lincoln University, an HBCU, and a sprawling, decentralized network of community colleges. That’s not even counting the 129 private colleges.
But while there’s no shortage of suppliers, demand for higher education in the Keystone State is nowhere near what it used to be.
While the more popular campuses are stable or growing, many of the state’s public institutions have seen drastic enrollment declines since 2010. Enrollment at Penn State’s University Park campus is up 8 percent since 2010, and Pitt Oakland is up by 1 percent. But when the numbers at the two institutions are considered, including all of their campuses, both have suffered drops of over 30 percent, according to public data from the institutions. PASSHE’s systemwide enrollment has also fallen by 30 percent in the same period.
Those enrollment declines are largely thanks to steep drops at the regional comprehensive universities, which in many cases are over 50 percent. Enrollment at Penn State Hazleton, for instance, has dropped by 64 percent since 2010; at Pitt Titusville it has fallen by 96 percent, leaving only 23 students on campus in 2022.
There are a number of usual suspects behind Pennsylvania’s enrollment crisis, chief among them a general demographic decline in the state. The entire nation is facing a projected demographic cliff in 2026, but Pennsylvania is on the bleeding edge, hemorrhaging residents faster than 46 other states, according to 2022 census data.
But Andrew Koricich, executive director of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, said neither explanation tells the whole story. Affordability is the crux of the state’s enrollment woes, he said, not falling birth rates.
“The demographic cliff is a convenient scapegoat sometimes,” he said. “It allows lawmakers and college leaders to say, ‘Oh, well, it’s inevitable. There’s nothing we can do.’”
In 2021 Pennsylvania ranked 49th in the country in public funding for higher education per full-time student, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association’s higher education finance report. Pennsylvania state funding is tied to enrollment and retention outcomes, which, as has been noted, are on the decline.
As a result, the state’s public institutions are also some of the most expensive in the country. The average cost of attending a state institution for a Pennsylvania resident is $26,040, nearly 70 percent more than the national average, making it the third most expensive state for public higher education, according to a recent Education Data Initiative report.
PASSHE chancellor Daniel Greenstein noted that for many Pennsylvania institutions, his own included, the demographic drop-off doesn’t account for the extent of the enrollment declines. While the state’s college-going demographics have fallen by a little over 5 percent, most colleges’ enrollment drops have been well into the double digits.
“We’re the most affordable option in Pennsylvania, but that’s not a high bar. It’s really expensive to go to public college in this state,” Greenstein said. “Price matters a lot, and differentiating based on affordability matters now more than ever. That’s something we’re trying to focus on.”
For Koricich, this is the crux of the problem that he says lawmakers aren’t seeing clearly: less state funding means less affordable college, which in turn contributes to a vicious cycle of enrollment declines and student exodus from the state. Many of those students who might otherwise have gone to regional universities and remained in the area then also resettle after graduating, compounding existing workforce shortages.
“If you keep making college unaffordable to people, why would we be surprised that they want to leave?” he said.
Greenstein echoed those concerns, though he feels that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are willing to help buoy higher education when tied to workforce outcomes. But he said time is of the essence, as neighboring states with more public funding offer similar educational benefits for a fraction of the price—like New York, which offers free tuition for students whose family income is under $125,000 a year.
“When states around us are acting in a very deliberate and aggressive way, you’re gonna find our students leaving the state to get their education, and they don’t come back,” Greenstein said. “At this point we gotta boogie, because we’re not too far off.”
Last summer, PASSHE merged six of its campuses into two multicampus institutions in a process the system called “integration,” in order to cut costs and center student success, according to Greenstein, as well as maintain the system as a driver of workforce development and social mobility in the state.
Bashar Hanna, president of Commonwealth University—which is made up of the former Lock Haven, Bloomsburg and Mansfield University campuses in the rural center and north of the state—said the integration process made a big difference. Not only did it reduce inefficiencies and expenses, he said; it also helped them make the case the case for the commonwealth to students from local school districts by allowing them to combine their resources for recruitment and student success.
Last year enrollments decreased at all three campuses, but Hanna said new student deposits for the fall are up by 8 percent this year.
“Rural Pennsylvania is not thriving … we wanted to make sure that our students were going to college locally, meaning within 75 miles of home, and then the likelihood of them staying after they graduate goes up exponentially,” Hanna said. “We’re not back to pre-COVID enrollment levels, but we’re certainly much better off than we were a few years ago.”
State lawmakers rewarded those efforts by approving PASSHE’s largest budget increase ever last year, at 16 percent. That was followed by another 6 percent increase in this year’s proposed budget, which is currently stalled in the General Assembly.
Other public institutions are still floundering. Penn State has been vocally lobbying for more state support, claiming that it has been comparatively underfunded for years. In September the university requested a 48 percent appropriations increase.
Lisa Maria Powers, Penn State’s assistant vice president of media and executive communications, said the university has had the lowest per-student state funding of any in Pennsylvania for over half a century. According to a university analysis, Penn State is funded at $5,600 per resident student, compared to $8,275 for Temple and $9,049 for Pitt; the national per-student average for state funding was $9,327 in 2021, according to a SHEEO analysis.
PASSHE is also the only state-owned system in Pennsylvania, with a Board of Governors entirely appointed by the governor with approval from the Legislature. Penn State, Pitt and Temple describe themselves as “state-related” and have much more leeway to operate as independent bodies. The majority of their governing boards are elected by alumni.
Koricich said that helps explain why PASSHE has taken on the task of consolidation and fat-trimming while Penn State has left its sprawling network of campuses largely untouched, despite many of them experiencing much higher enrollment declines. But he is not a fan of PASSHE’s integration plan. It has a bevy of critics, in fact, something Koricich realizes comes with the territory of making difficult decisions. He just doesn’t think those decisions were necessary—or that they’ll lead to enrollment increases.
“Now you’ve thrown six regional publics in front of a freight train, for what?” Koricich said. “To me, the state’s willingness to just let PASSHE kind of fall on the sword is missing the fundamental problem here, which is that the flagships are just sucking up all of the oxygen.”
Greenstein said the cuts associated with integration did not affect student services or popular programs.
“We did this to serve students better,” he said. “Somehow, someway, this problem has to be addressed or Pennsylvania higher ed is going to be in a bad state.”
Robert Gregerson, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, is working to mitigate the effects of a 27 percent enrollment decline in the past decade. He said that while the Pitt system was too small for mergers to be a consideration there, he understood the path PASSHE was taking.
“The era of continual growth is in the rearview mirror,” he said. “State institutions not only in Pennsylvania but across the Midwest and Northeast are going to have to figure out what rightsizing means for them.”
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states with no state higher education commission or governing board to oversee its public universities; each institution has a highly prized and carefully guarded autonomy.
For Koricich, that’s part of the problem.
“There is no coordinating board, there is no governing board, there is no referee to say all of these different institutions in different sectors with different finances have to play nicely together,” he said.
Penn State, Koricich said, has benefited the most from this oversight vacuum. With 20 campuses across the state, it is by far the largest higher education presence in Pennsylvania; PASSHE had 14 before its integration plan took effect—it now has 10—and Pitt has five. Koricich said that without state intervention, Penn State has been able to eat away at a dwindling pool of in-state students looking to attend a regional public institution, exacerbating the enrollment crisis for some of the state’s most hard-hit colleges and universities.
“Some of [Penn State’s campuses] are within 30 miles of PASSHE schools; some of them are right on top of community colleges. One of those places has a brand name that everyone recognizes and the others don’t,” he said. “[State lawmakers] have let this behemoth just sort of run roughshod over higher ed in the state, and they haven’t done anything to control it.”
Powers, of Penn State, pushed back on this portrayal. She said the university’s branch locations are crucial to its land-grant mission, and that they serve primarily local populations of underserved students.
“Our Commonwealth Campuses have been around a long time, some nearly 100 years; and all of Penn State’s campuses pre-date the formation of PASSHE. In addition, almost all of our campuses were in place well before the introduction of community colleges in Pennsylvania,” Powers wrote in an email to Inside Higher Ed.
Some believe the current crisis requires more coordination between the disparate independent institutions and could lead lawmakers to explore the possibility of a central oversight body. Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro, a Democrat elected last year, called for a rethinking of the loose structure during a budget address in March.
“What we are doing right now isn’t working,” he said. “Colleges are competing with one another for a limited dollar: they’re duplicating degree programs, they’re driving up the cost and they’re actually reducing access.”
Some, like Greenstein, prefer incentives and market-based solutions to the issue; while PASSHE is consolidating campuses, he said the move may not be right for other Pennsylvania institutions.
But Gregerson said that if there were a time to experiment with statewide coordination, it’s now.
“There have been conversations about that in the past which didn’t produce any change. But I think we might be at a point now where folks will take it more seriously,” he said. “Whether there’s the political will for that, I don’t know. But I think it could be helpful.”

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