“The Headshots Weren’t Hurting Him at All” – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Makes a Shocking Confession

Published 03/21/2021, 12:59 AM EDT
INDIO, CA – JULY 24: Vergil Ortiz (R) celebrates his knock-out victory over Jeremy Ramos at Fantasy Springs Casino on July 24, 2020 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


The main event between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Maurice Hooker undeniably lived up to its hype. Both the boxers put on a sheer entertainer for the boxing lovers in this cracker of a contest. However, the young gun, Ortiz Jr., overpowered his adversary and finished him in round 7. ‘Mighty Mo’ was definitely the toughest opponent for Ortiz Jr., but the latter came out on top in this stern test.

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In the post-fight interview, the 22-year-old spilled some beans on the fight and gave his take on the same.

He said, “I did think that I was gonna go the distance at some point in the fight. Because to be honest, the headshots weren’t hurting him at all. He could take the punch, I’m not gonna lie. I knew he wasn’t getting hit in the head.”

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The fight began on a wonderful note for both the pugilists and Hooker landed exuberant jabs to Ortiz Jr.‘s face. In response to that, the young gun tweaked his game-plan a bit. He attacked ‘Mighty Mo’ with colossal headshots in the initial rounds, but as the fight progressed, he began hitting some powerful body shots.

This changed the course of the fight for Hooker, and he dictated the pace of proceedings. He even dropped the veteran in round 6 and finally finished him in round 7.

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Is this the biggest career win for Vergil Ortiz Jr.?

Vergil Ortiz Jr. has smothered every opponent he’s faced. Prior to this fight, he had overpowered 16 opponents via T/KO. And moving into this fight, he added another feather to his cap by battering Hooker to the pulp.

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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 Dallas native has substantial wins to his name, but this win will unquestionably go down as his best, because his opponent was not so easy to beat.

Ortiz Jr. will look to eclipse his best performance in each and every fight as he looks to reach the sport’s summit.

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On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Ortiz Jr.’s performance?

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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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