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Vergil Ortiz vs Maurice Hooker Officially Announced for March 20 on DAZN3 min read

Vergil Ortiz Vs Maurice Hooker

Top Young, Undefeated prospect Vergil Ortiz will fight former 140-pound WBO Champion Maurice Hooker in what will be the toughest challenge of Ortiz’s Professional career to date. Vergil Ortiz vs Maurice Hooker will take place March 27 on DAZN in Texas with crowds between 5-10,00 expected to be permitted. Both men are from Texas and reside in Dallas where the fight is expected to take place.

Golden Boy Promotions have started 2021 arguably the strongest out of any promotional company doing Garcia-Campbell, Alvarado brothers world title fight, Kovalev-Melikuziev, Diaz Rakhimov and now Vergil Ortiz vs Maurice Hooker all in the space of the first 12 weeks. GBP has promoted Ortiz from Debut and has signed a two-fight deal with Hooker which means win or loss, Hooker will be able to box again on DAZN later in 2021.

This marks a huge step-up in competition for Ortiz who has got all 16 of his wins by knockout and has never gone past 7 rounds. His opposition to date has been a mix of gatekeepers and fringe world level fighters while Hooker is a contender and top-10 welterweight. A win for Ortiz here could Pummell him to title shot contention as well as elevate him to #1 in the WBO.

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Vergil Ortiz Vs Maurice Hooker
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Vergil Ortiz. Jr was a seven-time national champion and was the winner at the 2013 Junior Olympics and as a result, was a hot prospect turning professional. He was named 2019 The Ring magazine Prospect of the Year. With his devastating power and exciting pressure-fighting style he has already established a large fanbase and has the makings of a superstar.

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Ortiz was quickly moved through the ranks as opponents early in his career couldn’t extend him any rounds. He went 11-0 before going out of the third round. From his 10th fight onwards he has started to fight experience, capable opposition but the result has been practically the same except it has taken him a few more rounds and a few more shots to score the knockout.

Ortiz headlined DAZN’s return to boxing after the pandemic in July where he went into the seventh round for the first time. He dominated every round and was far too good for Vargas. He now takes the toughest test of his career against Hooker. Hooker marks a huge leap in opposition but it is the right style for Ortiz to fight.

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Hooker won the 140-pound title with a split-decision over 33-0 Terry Flanagan in Manchester. He made two defences of his strap against Alex Saucedo and Mikkel LesPierre before attempting to unify sith WBC Champion Jose Ramirez. Ramirez, also a pressure fighter broke down Hooker and a flurry left no choice for the referee but to stop the contest in the sixth round.

Hooker has only had one fight since at a 145-pound catchweight where he got a first-round knockout. Hooker has a tall, lean frame and has had no opportunity to adjust to the 147-pound class. Therefore, a fight against a massive puncher could be a huge mistake for Hooker. Additionally, Hooker’s frame makes him vulnerable to body-punching and short shots on the inside which is Ortiz’s speciality.

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Ortiz is a smart, strong, calculated pressure fighter and is similar to Ramirez who Hooker was stopped by in 2019. Even though this is a big step-up, the choice of opposition by GBP is brilliant and perfect for Ortiz. Most people agree that this fight stylistically and at this time is wrong for Hooker and expect Vergil Ortiz vs Maurice Hooker to end in a stoppage win for Ortiz; most think it will go late though.

Vergil Ortiz vs Maurice Hooker: MARCH 20 on DAZN

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