Vergil Ortiz Jr. Gives Brutally Honest Opinion on His Victory Over Maurice Hooker – ‘I Don’t Think It Was Close at All’

Published 03/21/2021, 4:28 AM EDT
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)


Undefeated welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. has opened up about his victory over Maurice Hooker. The WBO International welterweight champion gave his honest take on the bout and said he didn’t think it was close at all.

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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)

Ortiz Jr. took on Maurice Hooker, and many suggested it would be his first big test. The two gave fans an action-packed fight for seven rounds. Ultimately, Ortiz Jr.’s power was too much for the 31-year-old, and he won by a seventh-round stoppage.

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The undefeated American has spokeN to the media after the bout and addressed the claims that it was a close bout. “I don’t think it was close at all. To be honest, I landed the more precise shots, I was the one putting a set pack,” said Ortiz Jr.


He then added, “I mean, he did land a few clean shots, and he was part of it, landing few shots.” This comment showed that he was content with his performance on the night.

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Is Vergil Ortiz Jr. right in saying it was not a close encounter?

Ortiz Jr. went into the bout as the favorite and certainly fought like it. Moreover, he showed his maturity and good decision-making against a tough challenger. However, is he right with his claims about it not being close?

The encounter was certainly closer than Ortiz Jr. made it out to be. Hooker had success with his snappy jab and kept hitting Ortiz Jr. with it. He followed it up with several excellent combinations to hurt the undefeated fighter.

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Moreover, in rounds three and four, the former light-welterweight champion got the better of Ortiz Jr. and put him in a position he had never been. The face of Ortiz Jr. after the fight showed that the 31-year-old had caused damage.

However, Ortiz Jr. is right in saying he landed the more precise and significant punches. And ultimately, that was the difference between the two fighters.

What did you make of the fight? Do you agree with Vergil Ortiz Jr.?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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