Expect Vergil Ortiz Jr. to stop Maurice Hooker

It’s billed as the hardest battle of Vergil Ortiz Jr.’s young profession, and it’s true that Maurice Hooker is a previous world champ still in the prime of his profession.

Yet the chances preferring Ortiz are frustrating. At BetMGM, Ortiz is -1250 to win and -300 to win by knockout. Those are quite overwhelming, particularly when backing a 22-year-old who has yet to totally show himself.

The larger concern in their welterweight battle is whether there is a method to discover worth on the +750 Hooker, who is now being trained by Brian McIntyre. Hooker has a remarkable 80-inch reach and will have a complete 10-inch reach benefit on Ortiz.

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He’s likewise battled far much better opposition than Ortiz and his only loss can be found in a 2019 incredibly light-weight marriage bout with Jose Ramirez, in which he was dropped in the 6th.

Hooker isn’t thought about a power puncher like Ortiz, so if he is to win, he’s going to need to stroll the tightrope, prevent Ortiz’s power and take out a choice. Hooker likewise has 3 draws and 2 split choice wins, which suggests he’s typically in close bouts.

Working with McIntyre ought to indicate 2 things hold true with Hooker: He’ll remain in much better condition than he has actually been, and he’ll enhance his principles. That will go a long method.

Ortiz has actually shown constant en path to going 16-0 with 16 KOs and he’s an academic, severe fighter. He’s not likely to be amazed by anything that Hooker may attempt.

I believe there is a skill space here, which Ortiz is on the brink of ending up being a genuine gamer in the top-heavy welterweight department.

However this is a remarkable defend him and Hooker’s reach includes a unique measurement he hasn’t needed to deal with previously.

I believe he figures it out, therefore I’ll lay $300 on him to win by KO/TKO/Technical Choice or DQ, wanting to make a $100 revenue.

I was lured to put $100 on the battle ending in a draw, which is +2500, on the reasoning that Hooker has actually remained in many close battles which Ortiz might be bewildered by the reach.

I decided versus that, however, since I believe Ortiz has a possibility to be unique. While he might have his hard minutes in the bout, I believe he’ll discover a method to land something huge and stop Hooker.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.