The welterweight division has been boxings, other glamour divisions. Outside of the heavyweights no other division in the sport has produced as many mega fights and superstar talents as the welterweight division in the past few decades. It’s currently in great hands with Spence, Crawford, and Ugas as the belt holders and its future is equally as bright. When the current crop either ages out or move up. There is an up-and-coming crew waiting to take their place. Vergil Ortiz, Jaron Boots Ennis, Conor Benn, and this month’s Prospect of the Month Michael “The Problem” McKinson are ready to carry the division into the future and create another young big four that will fight each other and push each other towards greatness. McKinson threw a near shut out against Przemyslaw Runowski and in moving his record to 21-0 and capturing this month’s award.
More important than defending his WBO Global Welterweight Title Michael “The Problem” McKinson was taking on the biggest challenge of his professional career on August 14th at Eddie Hearn’s backyard garden on the undercard of Joshua Buatsi vs Ricards Bolotniks. When he battled slick moving Pole, Przemyslaw Runowski and would have to perform even better than he did in his breakthrough performance back in March against Chris Kongo in Gibraltar. A performance that secured him a Matchroom promotional deal. “The Problem” was just that boxing brilliantly off the backfoot throughout the 10 round affairs. Even staggering his opponent momentarily in the second with a straight left. It appeared for just a moment that the unbeaten Mckinson may score just the third stoppage of his young career. Runowski survived but little else. McKinson continued staying on his opponent Often with his hands down, successfully countering the Poles as he lunged it. Landing straight lefts at will. The boxing match became a boxing clinic as the fight progressed and built up a massive lead on the cards. A lead that Runowski never made a real dent in. The decision was clear enough, though, as two judges had it 99-91 and one 98-92, as McKinson retained a WBO “global” welterweight belt. The 27-year-old Brit moved his record to 21-0.
McKinson is in good hands with MTK Global and they are doing a good job in progressing his career. After securing a career-best win in a career-best performance against a legitimate opponent like Runowski whose only other loss was to Josh Kelly. puts ‘the Problem” in a great position to get another major step-up fight. McKinson is currently ranked 4th by the WBO ahead of him is Mikey Garcia at number 3 and Vergil Ortiz at number 1. Number 2 is Shawn Porter who is in negotiations and in the mandatory position to fight the sanctioning bodies champion, Terence Crawford. Either a Mikey Garcia fight or a Vergil Ortiz fight seems like they would be extremely makeable and would be an intriguing match-up for all sides.