What Makes Maurice Hooker a Threat to Vergil Ortiz Jr.’s Undefeated Streak? – Oscar De La Hoya Explains

Published 02/06/2021, 9:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya has explained the choice of opponent for rising welterweight star Vergil Ortiz Jr. He explained the aspects that make Maurice Hooker a threat to the undefeated fighter.

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Ortiz Jr has taken the welterweight division by storm and is the next big thing. However, Hooker, an experienced contender, and former world champion, will provide the welterweight boxer with the perfect platform for him to prove himself. His promoter De La Hoya agrees.

Speaking at the pre-fight press conference, ‘The Golden Boy’ said, “He’s going to present to Vergil different movements, different footwork, speed, his mannerisms, are totally different than what Vergil has been used to fighting in the past.”

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De La Hoya then spoke about the fight coming at the perfect time for Ortiz Jr. The promoter said it’s all about providing him with the different styles for his development. Given Hooker’s experience, this is the next step in the young welterweight’s career.

De La Hoya also knows Ortiz Jr faces a challenge to beat Hooker. He said, “Maurice Hooker presents a totally unique different style. He’s fast, he’s explosive, he’s very elusive. It’s going to be different for Vergil and the question is, will he pass that test.”

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What can Oscar De La Hoya expect from the Vergil Ortiz Jr vs. Maurice Hooker fight?

The two will face-off on March 20 as the main event live on DAZN. Ortiz Jr comes into the fight with a 16-0 record with a hundred percent knockout rate. His last fight against Samuel Vargas showed he can knock out quality opposition. Moreover, he is not just a power-puncher, having displayed his ability to defend.

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Hooker, a former super-lightweight champion, has the experience on his side. As a former 140 lbs fighter, he is light on his feet and is known for his movement. Moreover, the ability to absorb punches and take it to the latter rounds could benefit him.

Therefore, fans can look forward to an explosive fight come March 20. However, who comes out on top is anyone’s guess. What do you make of these comments from Oscar De La Hoya? Do you think Vergil Ortiz Jr can overcome Hooker’s threat?

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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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