Fans and Experts React to Vergil Ortiz Jr. Knocking Out Maurice Hooker

Published 03/21/2021, 5:49 AM EDT


Vergil Ortiz Jr. advanced his unbeaten record to 17-0 and bagged another sensational stoppage, as he took out Maurice Hooker via TKO in round seven of their 12-round battle. Coming off strong from the first round, Ortiz Jr. was pushed to the corner several times.

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As we witnessed a slugfest at 147 lbs, Hooker also landed big shots and troubled the unbeaten superstar several times. However, Vergil Ortiz Jr. didn’t let it affect his game plan and remained stuck to his task. After round five, it began bringing results and Hooker looked dizzy.

Ortiz Jr’s slick jabs and brutal body shots inflicted damage on Hooker. That said, Ortiz Jr. had also bagged two early knockdowns by that time. So, he was clearly dominating the fight on the paper. Meanwhile, the Mexican also retained his KO streak by stopping the showdown in round seven to become the new WBO (International) welterweight champion.

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Both men produced their best side and staged an epic welterweight thriller, citing various reactions from the fans. While we continue to talk about the contest, here’s a look at some of the best reactions for Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Maurice Hooker.

WBC and IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr., was present in the arena. He saw Ortiz Jr. unleash the KO and was left impressed. Here’s how he reacted to the fight and looked at one of his possible future rivals.

 

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Hooker suffered the second loss of his pro career tonight and will be away from the title scene for a while. However, ‘Mighty Mo’ showcased his abilities tonight by troubling Vergil Ortiz Jr. for a brief period.

The showdown didn’t look lopsided right from the outset, and both the pugilists pushed each other to the corner. Moreover, it appeared to be Hooker’s night by the end of rounds four and five. Although Ortiz Jr was putting his tactical game on display, Hooker was the aggressor and dominated the pace.

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Nevertheless, it didn’t turn out to be fruitful as Hooker wasn’t able to close the show. As the 22-year-old is now the International 147 lbs champion, we can envision him challenging the bigger names and the world champions of the division.

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Do you think Vergil Ortiz Jr. will take over the entire welterweight division?

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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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