Vergil Ortiz Jr. Feels Ready for Terence Crawford: ‘This is What I Want’

Published 03/14/2021, 1:27 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Terence Crawford poses during the weigh-in for his welterweights fight against Amir Khan of the United Kingdom at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


The undefeated Vergil Ortiz Jr. seems ready to hunt the bigger names of the welterweight division, as he sent a shock wave through the unit with a 16-fight win streak.

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In less than 5 years of his pro career, Ortiz Jr. has already laid his hands on the WBA (Gold) welterweight titles and is one of the finest youngsters on the roster.

That said, he isn’t the only undefeated prodigy in the division. Akin to him, Terence Crawford is another unbeaten titleholder, who boasts of a record of 37-0 with the WBO strap.

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So, posing Ortiz against ‘Bud’ at this stage might not be a smart decision. However, Vergil Ortiz Jr. claims to be ready for the challenge.

While Terence Crawford is yet to find a relevant opponent, Ortiz Jr. has offered himself into the mix. He connected with Fight hub TV and opened up on the plans.

“If I beat Hooker and if they were to offer me the fight right after the Hooker fight then I will take it. If they offered to like, you don’t have another hard fight and then Crawford? I would probably still play Crawford. This is what I have been fighting for. This is what I want,” told Vergil Ortiz Jr.

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Meanwhile, Terence Crawford has a number of options. Following a legendary career at 147 lbs, ‘Bud’ still has a lot more time. It gets even interesting as Crawford has sighted some serious fights ahead.

And we can see him return to action soon. While Vergil Ortiz is clearly an option, there are a number of names to pick from.

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What’s next for Terence Crawford?

After a successful title defense against Kell Brook, Crawford was touted to face Errol Spence Jr. in a major title unification fight. But the fight is nowhere close to meeting fruition. However, that hasn’t reduced his options.

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)

A few days ago, Manny Pacquiao also teased a possible fight with Crawford, demanding $40 million from the Top Rank promotions.

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It is yet to get official confirmation and till it does, Crawford can hunt for other names. As Ortiz Jr. has called out ‘Bud’, he is also a relevant name in the mix.

Do you think Terence Crawford vs Vergil Ortiz Jr. will happen anytime sooner?

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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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