Jose Ramirez Says Vergil Ortiz Jr Is Ready for Terence Crawford

Published 05/12/2021, 7:00 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)


The welterweight division is stacked with some undefeated and highly skilled pugilists. One such name in that list is the upcoming prospect, Vergil Ortiz Jr. The young gun has already sent shock waves in the 147-pound division with his paramount skills. Moreover, Ortiz Jr. now wants to escalate his boxing run by locking horns against Terence Crawford.

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Many boxing pundits feel that he still isn’t ready to confront someone as elite as ‘Bud’. But the super-lightweight stalwart, Jose Ramirez, doesn’t feel the same.

In a conversation with ESNEWS, he was asked whether he likes the Crawford vs Ortiz Jr. contest. Ramirez reverted, “I like the fight man! I think Vergil‘s ready for anyone at 147, yeah why not? He’s ready for that world title chance!”

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In his last fight, the 23-year-old went toe-to-toe against Maurice Hooker. In what was billed as Ortiz Jr’s toughest fight, he defeated the veteran in every department.

Right from the first bell, the Texas native made his intent clear and moved forward, landing some exuberant hits. His skill sets were too much to handle for his fellow adversary. And as a result, Ortiz Jr. finished the fight in round 7. Also, with this win, the young force claimed the vacant WBO international welterweight title.

Can Vergil Ortiz Jr. really claim a 12-round fight with Terence Crawford?

A few days back Terence Crawford was getting set to face the Filippino Senator, Manny Pacquiao. However, as the fight couldn’t reach terms, it fell through. But Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, cleared that if the ‘Pacman’ fight doesn’t happen, then he’ll look to line up Crawford against Shawn Porter.

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in the his corner. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Considering the prevailing scenario, Vergil Ortiz Jr.’s probabilities of fighting ‘Bud’ seem to diminish. But until then, Ortiz Jr. should look to defend his newly won WBO international welterweight title at least twice.

This will keep him active and in the groove, thus readying him for a clash with Terence Crawford.

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Do you think Vergil Ortiz Jr. is ready for Terence Crawford right now?

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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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