Ortiz KOs Hooker, stays undefeated

Vergil Ortiz Jr. had actually acquired a remarkable record, rattling 16 knockouts in his very first 16 battles as he constructed a credibility as one of boxing’s finest potential customers.

However Ortiz had actually been dealt with thoroughly and hadn’t dealt with the type of opposition that would show he might hang with the welterweight department’s finest.

On Saturday, he did and he showed he depended on the difficulty at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ortiz outboxed previous world champ Maurice Hooker the majority of the method and after that chose it up when he required to, dropping Hooker at the end of the 6th and stopping him 36 seconds into the seventh. Ortiz landed a right-hand man and Hooker took a knee, suggesting he’d hurt his ideal arm.

However the manner in which Ortiz was battling, it was going to refer time prior to Ortiz ended it one method or another. Hooker was invigorated and utilized his reach to provide Ortiz an excellent test. He made Ortiz break him down and didn’t just fall victim to Ortiz’s bombs.

As they were battling on the within, Ortiz ripped Hooker with a brief however effective left uppercut that severely injured him. He followed with a right that sent out Hooker down in his corner in a load with somewhat less than 30 seconds left in the 6th round.

Hooker beat the count, however Ortiz just had about 14 seconds to opt for the surface when the battle resumed and Hooker made it through.

Ortiz revealed the grace of a veteran in opting for the surface when the seventh started. He understood Hooker was injured, however didn’t swarm him and get captured by a huge counter.

He captured Hooker with a right to the temple and Hooker right away took a knee. That triggered referee Laurence Cole to stop the battle and provide Ortiz his 17th knockout in as lots of battles.

He showed without doubt that he belongs amongst the elite welterweights. However the department consists of 2 of the very best pound-for-pound champs on the planet, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr., both of whom were enjoying at ringside.

Whether he’s ready for the finest of the very best of the very best stays to be seen, Ortiz showed without concern he’s a first-rate welterweight.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.