Maurice Hooker is ok being the underdog in opposition to Vergil Ortiz


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Along with his 2021 debut only a few days away, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker is absolutely locked in on his March 20 struggle with fellow Dallas-area native Vergil Ortiz. Whereas he grinds by an intense coaching camp within the Colorado chilly, he and his crew have added motivation for the bout. Ortiz, a extremely touted prospect, is broadly considered by pundits and oddsmakers alike as the favourite within the welterweight contest.

 

Hooker hears all of the discuss concerning the problem he’s enterprise in his March 20 return to the ring however the doubters don’t discourage him. On the contrary, it motivates him. The previous junior welterweight champion has heard comparable discuss earlier than. Those self same voices questioned his possibilities earlier than he journeyed abroad to struggle Terry Flanagan in Manchester. Even after he upset Flanagan to win his first world title, the whispers returned forward of his title protection in opposition to Alex Saucedo. In each circumstances, Hooker went in to his opponent’s hometown and pulled off the upset in victorious performances.

 

“I like being the underdog. I really feel like I’ve been the underdog my complete life, my complete boxing profession,” Hooker mentioned. “All of the strain is on him. He’s acquired to look good. I’m simply going to go in there, keep relaxed, belief my crew and do what I’ve to do.”

 

Hooker will return to the ring following a 15-month lay-off, the longest of his decade-long profession however his second longest ring absence resulted in his world title victory in 2018. Whereas he didn’t struggle in 2020, Hooker labored along with his gifted crew of Brian “Bo Mac” McIntyre, Pink Spikes, Esau Dieguez and energy and conditioning coach Jamie Belt to hone his craft throughout a number of coaching camps in Omaha and Colorado Springs.

 

“I’m not fearful concerning the layoff as a result of I used to be in camp all through most of final yr getting ready for a struggle that fell by. So many people are coping with lengthy layoffs now with COVID however since I stayed in camp with my crew all final yr, I will likely be good to go on March 20.”

 

Ortiz Jr. vs. Hooker is a 12-round struggle for the WBO Worldwide Welterweight Championship offered by Golden Boy. The battle for hometown supremacy will happen on March 20 at Dickies Area in Fort Value, Texas and will likely be streamed stay worldwide on DAZN.

 

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