Trainer Says Vergil Ortiz Jr. will Fight Terence Crawford After Maurice Hooker: Is He Ready?

Published 03/07/2021, 4:57 AM EST


The most promising talent in the welterweight roster, Vergil Ortiz Jr. will storm into the ring on March 20. The 22-year-old will confront the veteran, Maurice Hooker, to solidify his spot in the division. If Ortiz Jr. gets past ‘Mighty Mo’, he’ll unquestionably open himself to colossal fights.

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However, his trainer, Robert Garcia, believes Ortiz Jr. is ready to roll against the WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford. Talking to Little Giant Boxing, he said, “You know everything goes well with the Hooker fight. We’re going after Crawford.”

When asked if he loves the Crawford vs Ortiz Jr. fight. He said, “Oh definitely, I think we’re just ready, Vergil is just ready. People might think he’s too young you know I think we’re just a real deal.” 

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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)

The Dallas native has substantially made his mark in the highly stacked division. Slowly and steadily he has risen to superstardom with his unparalleled skill sets.

The young gun exhibits absolute daunting knockout power, and he’s employed the same in every ring outing. In fact, he’s knocked out every opponent he’s faced. With an astonishing pro-boxing resume of 16-0, Ortiz Jr. is full of confidence, keen on tracing his championship path.

This is principally why his coach feels he can give a stern test to ‘Bud’ Terence Crawford.

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Is it too early for Vergil Ortiz Jr. to face Terence Crawford?

Ortiz Jr. is considerably young, having a long pathway ahead of him. On the flip side, Terence Crawford is a highly experienced champion who’s faced the most prolific talents in the 147-pound roster. Both are undefeated in their boxing stint, but there’s no comparison between them in terms of experience and the number of fights taken.

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 18: Terence Crawford celebrates after beating Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico in the sixth round in their WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout on April 18, 2015 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Ortiz Jr. is the 8th ranked welterweight; ‘Bud’ holds the number 1 spot in the welterweight division. To compete with someone of that level, Ortiz Jr. will have to polish himself up to his absolute best.

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He has all the weapons in his arsenal to overpower his opponents. But, to dispatch someone like Crawford will demand more than his usual skill sets. However, it will be interesting to see how things play out for him in his next fight against Maurice Hooker.

What do you make of Robert Garcia’s comments? What are your thoughts on a potential Crawford vs Ortiz Jr. matchup?

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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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