Vergil Ortiz-Maurice Hooker: Stats & Stakes


All of it begins someplace. 

Certain, there are the constructing block wins, the steps that construct impressions and create early pleasure. There could also be some recognizable names alongside the best way. It’s completely different when the actual step up arrives. 

Boxing followers know the distinction. 

Proper now at welterweight, two younger abilities have carved their locations as potential normal bearers. They might but emerge as a rivalry for a brand new era. It’s not fairly there however the step’s up have arrived for each. 

23-year previous Jaron Ennis (26-0, 24 KO) was introduced this week for a showdown with veteran Sergey Lipinets. Earlier than anybody can take into account measuring performances in opposition to one another, Vergil Ortiz has to win this weekend.

Former Jr. welterweight titlist Maurice Hooker could have a lot to say about that (Saturday, DAZN, 9 PM EST).     

Let’s get into it. 

Stats and Stakes

Maurice Hooker

Age: 31

Titles: None 

Earlier Titles: WBO Jr. welterweight (2018-19, 2 Defenses)

Peak: 5’11 

Weight: 147 lbs.

Stance: Orthodox

Hails from: Dallas, Texas

Document: 27-1-3, 18 KO, 1 KOBY

Press Rankings: Unrated

Document in Main Title Fights: 3-1, 1 KO, 1 KOBY

Final 5 Opponents: 125-4-1 (.965)

Notable Outcomes, TBRB/Ring Rated Foes: Jose Ramirez TKO by 6 

Extra Present/Former Titlists Confronted: Cristobal Cruz UD10; Terry Flanagan SD12

Vs.

Vergil Ortiz Jr.

Age: 22

Titles/Earlier Titles: None

Peak: 5’10   

Weight: 147 lbs.

Stance: Orthodox

Hails from: Dallas, Texas  

Document: 16-0, 16 KO

Press Rankings: #8 (ESPN), #9 (Boxing Information), (#10 (TBRB) 

Final 5 Opponents: 134-19-3 (.874)

Notable Outcomes, TBRB/Ring Rated Foes: Antonio Orozco KO6 

Extra Present/Former Titlists Confronted: Juan Carlos Salgado KO3

The Choose: One might make a case for Orozco already being the step up for Ortiz however this one comes with a special sort of expertise. Hooker fell brief however he was a part of a extremely contested unification showdown, gained a belt on the highway, and is in a must-win place. It makes for an actual problem. 

Hooker is barely slightly taller than Ortiz however possesses longer arms with a attain benefit on paper of a number of inches. Hooker doesn’t impose bodily however he’s good at protecting distance and whipping in awkward, stinging photographs from the skin. If he can pressure Ortiz to reset continually, he can rating factors and steer clear of the contact Ortiz will search.

The issue for Hooker would be the physicality of Ortiz. The youthful man carries heavier arms with every blow, has a tough jab, and whacks the physique with authority. Ortiz isn’t the quickest welterweight on the planet however his mixture punching fundamentals and constant stress are a heavy process. Finally, it ought to be too heavy for Hooker. The choose is Ortiz by stoppage someday across the center third of the scheduled twelve rounds. 

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Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Analysis Group, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.  He may be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com



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