Boxing Information: Ortiz stops Hooker in hearth struggle » March 21, 2021


Picture: Golden Boy

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

This was maybe the most important struggle in Dallas Boxing historical past between two Dallas born and bred fighters in rising star Vergil Ortiz Jr (17-0, 17 KOs) and former 140lb world champ Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (27-2-3, 19 KOs) in what was positively one for the books as each fighters went proper after one another from the opening bell. However in the long run, the younger hungry lion, Ortiz Jr., was to not be denied as he got here away with the knockout victory in spherical seven towards Hooker in entrance of a raucous crowd in Fort Price, Texas at Dickies Enviornment and proven dwell on DAZN. The cardboard was promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

Ortiz got here ahead and took the struggle to Hooker in spherical two and had him towards the ropes at occasions, however Hooker rapidly received away. In spherical three, Hooker used his lengthy attain and his highly effective proper hand early, however Ortiz rapidly closed the gap going to the physique after which upstairs together with his huge proper hand. Hooker additionally went to the physique with straight proper palms and an overhand proper in what rapidly grew to become a firefight, much like the Hooker-Ramirez showdown up the highway in Arlington, TX in July 2019, a knockout win for Ramirez who can also be the stablemate of Ortiz and each educated by among the best in Robert Garcia.

Hooker, nonetheless, ended spherical three with two huge left hooks and was clearly within the struggle as Ortiz acknowledged with a smirk because the spherical ended. Hooker began off spherical 4 sturdy as he used his size and proper hand to maintain Ortiz at distance. Nonetheless, the facility of Ortiz was evident as he snapped Hooker’s head again a few occasions and like a shark was continuously on the assault. Ortiz confirmed nice footwork and moved his head facet to facet and minimize off the ring as he stalked Hooker the remainder of the spherical. Each guys exchanged highly effective proper palms because the bell sounded. Ortiz as soon as once more teed off in spherical 5 as Hooker spent many of the spherical masking up towards the ropes.

Ortiz lastly put Hooker on the canvas after a flurry of punches on the finish of spherical six, however Hooker received again to his toes and went toe to toe with Ortiz as the group went loopy. And eventually, in spherical seven of the scheduled twelve, Ortiz dropped Hooker once more with a proper hand physique shot and Hooker went down in ache with an apparently damaged hand as referee Laurence Cole instantly waved it off at 56 seconds for the TKO victory as Ortiz Jr. grew to become the brand new WBO Worldwide welterweight champ.

Oscar De La Hoya, promoter for Ortiz Jr, instructed Fightnews.com earlier than the struggle this was a fantastic take a look at for his prized pupil.

“This was the proper struggle to make presently of his profession. Hooker’s going to current to him a distinct model than what he’s used to. He’s going to provide him angles, he’s going to provide him velocity. He’s going to assume somewhat in there, he has Crawford’s nook.”

Ortiz did acknowledge after the struggle that Hooker was his hardest take a look at so far however was by no means harm.

De La Hoya additionally predicted what was to come back on this Texas showdown between two of the perfect fighters from Dallas throughout this period.

“As soon as a fighter will get hit, every thing modifications sport plans exit the window,” De La Hoya instructed Fightnews.com earlier than the struggle. “Your composure goes out the window and also you get right into a survival mode. You attempt to herald plan B, plan C and nothing works and immediately you end up knocked out. That’s what’s nice about boxing. That’s what’s nice about having two elite fighters within the ring on the identical time.”

De La Hoya was spot on as each guys confirmed they have been world class fighters tonight. Quickly after his thrilling win, Ortiz instantly known as out WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford, who was in attendance, after the struggle.

Crawford dismissed combating Ortiz to the media after the struggle, however thought he fought struggle and did what he needed to do however didn’t see him as a risk. Crawford additionally has his sights on lastly going through Manny Pacquiao or maybe Shawn Porter subsequent.

Ultimately, Ortiz at 22, is effectively on his option to superstardom and will in the future be the face of boxing and a pound for pound nice. However on this evening towards fellow Dallas native, Maurice Hooker, Vergil Ortiz Jr. confirmed he was the perfect in Huge D, not removed from the place they each grew up and have become world class fighters. It was a fantastic evening for Dallas boxing.

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