What’s Next for Vergil Ortiz Jr.? – Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., or Manny Pacquiao?

Published 08/15/2021, 12:39 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)


Vergil Ortiz Jr. captivated everyone with his dominant win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas to retain his WBO international welterweight strap. Following his round 8 T/KO, the Texas native has definitely proven his worth in the stacked welterweight roster. Now, the big question is, who is next for him? Is he truly ready to face the likes of Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., or Manny Pacquiao?

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For a long time now, a matchup between Crawford and Ortiz Jr. has been in contention. Yet, the boxing pundits rubbed off the same, stating Ortiz Jr. was too young and inexperienced for the elite WBO champ.

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However, the young force now holds 18 T/KO wins to his name. This itself shows how terrifying Ortiz Jr. is and what is he capable of once he takes up the ring space. Moreover, he never shies away from putting himself in deep waters against any opponent.

That said, in his fight against ‘Mean Machine’, he showed the entire boxing fraternity that he can not only withstand veteran fighters but also dominate them.

Considering his form, it’s safe to admit that a fight between Ortiz Jr. and Terence Crawford has to be made. This will help the fans determine who among the two actually deserves the WBO welterweight throne.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Terence Crawford – A super-necessary fight

The 147-pound division is one of the most decorated rosters in boxing at present. As there are some stupendous names like Vergil Ortiz Jr. who have taken the welterweights by storm, they need fresh challenges.

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Furthermore, it is vital for someone like Vergil Ortiz Jr to test himself against the likes of Terence Crawford and more. This fight will play a pivotal role in shaping the Texas native’s career, thus helping him register himself in the history books.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the WBO really takes this matchup into consideration and lines up this contest soon.

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Watch this story – Event Recap: Best Fights From Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas

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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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