Fallen Maurice Hooker Says Vergil Ortiz Jr. Is Not Ready for Terence Crawford

Published 03/21/2021, 5:40 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: (R-L) Vergil Ortiz Jr. walks away after knocking down Roberto Ortiz with a right hand during their super lightweight fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


Vergil Ortiz Jr. has silenced his critics once again, by taking out Maurice Hooker via TKO to grab the WBO (International) welterweight title. He is now 17-0 in the professional journey with all his wins coming via KO. Meanwhile, Ortiz Jr. has recently claimed himself ready for a test against WBO welterweight world champion, Terence Crawford.

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While his recent win should have validated the claim, not everyone feels he is ready for ‘Bud’, including Maurice Hooker. ‘Mighty Mo’ praised Ortiz Jr. and applauded his performance tonight, but he hesitated to pose Ortiz Jr’s supremacy over Terence Crawford. In the post-fight interview, Hooker reflected his opinion on a possible showdown between Vergil Ortiz Jr and Terence Crawford.

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“He is young, he up and coming but it’s levels to this. I have been there with the best. He (Vergil Ortiz Jr.) a good guy, he young, top two, trying to get Terence Crawford, I don’t know,” said Hooker.

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Despite being stopped by Ortiz Jr., Hooker remained doubtful about his prowess. While many could have billed it as mere banter, ‘Mighty Mo’ appeared serious with his thoughts and didn’t demean the youngster.

Hooker added, “He’s good man, Vergil is good man, but he’s not ready man. I being honest, I love Vergil from Dallas, you know. He is not just ready.”

‘Mighty Mo’ concluded that the youngster had to just keep taking fights and winning them to be ready to touch gloves with ‘Bud’.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Terence Crawford- Is it a possibility?

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Crawford, 37-0, is one of the greatest elites in the welterweight division and a pound-for-pound great in the sport. So, he is still way ahead in the title race. Also, Crawford is on the brink of fighting Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr. So, he may not desire to fight a rising youngster.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Vergil Ortiz Jr. reacts after knocking out Roberto Ortiz in their super lightweight bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

However, Ortiz Jr. is climbing the ladder pretty fast and has already sent shock waves through the 147 lbs unit. He cannot rightfully claim a WBO title shot against Crawford right away. However, on bagging a few more wins, he may earn the right to challenge ‘Bud’, paving the way for an electrifying welterweight blockbuster of recent times.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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