Bernard Hopkins Thinks Vergil Ortiz Jr. Will Not Be Able to Show His Dominance Early in the Maurice Hooker Fight

Published 03/20/2021, 10:32 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 01: Boxer Vergil Ortiz Jr. attends the official weigh-in for Canelo Alvarez and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz is scheduled to fight on December 13, 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The stout welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. is all set to enter the boxing ring tonight for the first time in 2021. Moreover, it will be a stern test for him to take on the veteran, Maurice Hooker. Ortiz Jr. is a sheer favorite in this fight, but underestimating his fellow opponent might put him into deep problems.

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Recently, the former boxer, Bernard Hopkins, was in a chat with Fight Hub TV. Wherein he gave his take on this cracking of a contest between Ortiz Jr. and Hooker.

Let me tell you, I think it’s a really dangerous matchup until Vergil figured out. And I think that the sooner he figured out that’s what I believe he would take over and be himself and be who everybody expect.”

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“But it won’t be a thing where he can just walk right in there and just I don’t think it did and just show his dominance and be successful early I think. He’s going to have to figure it out,” said Hopkins.

Ortiz Jr. has smothered every opponent he’s faced. He’s the most promising talent in the stacked welterweight roster. Yet Hopkins feels he won’t be able to dictate the fights at a similar pace like his earlier bouts. ‘Mighty Mo’ is unquestionably his toughest opponent to date and the latter’s approach to tackling him will be intriguing.

Hopkins believes the young gun will have to dedicate some time to break down Hooker’s style and then give him a stern test.

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Can Vergil Ortiz Jr. come out on top in the biggest fight of his life?

The 22-year-old has a cracking resume of 16 wins and 0 losses. Furthermore, all of his wins have arrived via T/KO.

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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – AUGUST 10: Vergil Ortiz Jr. celebrates his victory vs. Antonio Orozco at The Theatre at Grand Prairie on August 10, 2019 in Grand Prairie, Texas. (Photo By Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Moving into this fight, Ortiz Jr. will look to annihilate Hooker and add another thrilling win to his name. He adapts an offensive approach and the young force will be keen on pushing the limits in this bout as well.

If he adds another win to his name tonight, he’ll set himself up for momentous fights ahead. His fans are keen to see him give his best shot in the toughest battle of his career.

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What do you make of Hopkins’ comments? Do you envision Vergil Ortiz Jr. winning this fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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