Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Maurice Hooker in the Works for March 27

Published 01/08/2021, 5:50 AM CST


Highly rated welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr seems to be ready to make his first main event appearance. The undefeated American has slowly risen as one of the best challengers in the division. It now appears as though he will take the next step towards stardom.

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Reports suggest that he will take on more experienced Maurice Hooker as the main event on a DAZN card. Furthermore, they claim that the event is set for March 27, 2021. This will mark the first time that Ortiz Jr will be headlining an event.

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Mike Coppinger from the Athletic was quick to pick up on Steve Kim’s reports. The reports suggested that this fight was in advanced discussions to be the main event. They report the tentative venue to be Dallas since both fighters hail from the city.

However, given that it is a DAZN card, we can be sure that if they confirm this fight, a few more big names added to the card. The fight will be a major step forward for the 2019 prospect of the year with Hooker being the perfect opposition, to take the next step in the division.

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Why is the Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Maurice Hooker fight the main event?

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Both fighters are relatively unknown in the world of global super-stardom. However, this fight is a worth main event solely on the quality it will provide in the ring. Ortiz Jr is undefeated and comes in with a lot of hype, while Hooker still has to prove doubters wrong at 147.

Ortiz Jr has a 100% knockout record in his 16 professional fights. Furthermore, he is coming off an impressive win against tough opposition in Samuel Vargas. Hooker, on the other hand, has just bounced back from his only career defeat with a win against Uriel Perez.

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This fight could go either way. Ortiz Jr clearly has the power but has never featured in the big fights. While Maurice Hooker has only ever lost once and has been in title fights in his career. Therefore, this makes it an interesting fight, one that could surprise a lot of fans.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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