‘I’m Lookin at You Boy’ – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Calls Out Terence Crawford

Published 03/21/2021, 7:21 AM EDT


One of the most eye-catchy welterweights, Vergil Ortiz Jr. put on a clinical performance against Maurice Hooker. Right from the first gong, he made his intentions clear and executed his game-plan extremely well. This contest was definitely the toughest test for Ortiz Jr. and the young gun fared exuberantly in this fight.

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That said, Ortiz Jr. has opened himself up for really big fights in the division, but the only fight that lures him is a battle with the WBO welterweight champ, Terence Crawford.

In the post-fight interview, he called out ‘Bud’ and said:

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Of course Crawford is possibly the number 1 in the world, definitely in the top two.”

“I’m lookin at you, boy. If you wanna make this fight happen, I’m more than willing to do it.”

Despite there being a few moments in the bout when Hooker’s jabs stunned him, Ortiz Jr. looked extremely composed and collected as he kept his cool and landed power shots on ‘Mighty Mo’.

In the early rounds, the Dallas native targeted Hooker’s head and landed some exuberant headshots. But his fellow opponent ate those shots, and they didn’t really affect him. Consequently, Ortiz Jr. then targeted his body, and he only got better as the fight progressed.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. finished Hooker in round 7 of the fight and made an enthralling statement. Moreover, he took this opportunity to call out the divisional champion, Terence Crawford, who marked himself present inside the arena.

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Is Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Terence Crawford the fight to make next?

With a win over ‘Mighty Mo’, Vergil Ortiz Jr. improved to 17 wins and 0 losses. He also pinned this fight in his T/KO collection, making it 17 in a row.

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Furthermore, the young force feels he’s absolutely ready for the Terence Crawford fight, and he believes he can provide the stout welterweight king a tough outing.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: Boxer Vergil Ortiz Jr. poses during the official Weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

Also, Terence Crawford is unaligned with any opponent for now, and this might be just the ideal time to book a fight between these two.

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However, if Crawford has to confront someone else in contention for a mandatory title defense, then Ortiz Jr. might have to wait or box anyone else to remain relevant in the conversations for Crawford’s next opponent.

Do you envision Crawford and Ortiz Jr. fighting each other in 2021?

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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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