Vergil Ortiz Certain Of Staying At 147 Another “One Or Two Years”

Is Vergil Ortiz Gambling By Campaigning At Welterweight?

Vergil Ortiz plans to continue his campaign at welterweight
Vergil Ortiz (L), Eimantas Stanionis

Vergil Ortiz Planning to Continue Fighting at Welterweight


Sadly, when trying to make weight for his latest bout, highly touted welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr (19-0, 19 KO’s) fainted. As a result, he was quickly rushed to the hospital and his fight versus Eimantas Stanionis was subsequently canceled. More troubling however is the fact this was the third time that Ortiz pulled out of a prizefight with Stanionis and it was always due to a medical condition called rhabdomyolysis.

For the division, Ortiz Jr was certainly no small fry. Nevertheless, it would appear the stress he puts on his body is taking a serious toll on his overall health. Ironically, in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Ortiz harped on how he definitely had more fights to stage at 147-pounds before hopping up in weight.

“One or two years, I can definitely see that happening.”

CALL 911!

This is one interview that did not age well, at all! Outwardly, it appears that Ortiz’s days at welterweight are over. There must be serious behind-the-scenes talk of potential retirement. Coming to a weigh-in appearing sunken in the face is one thing. Falling out and being repeatedly rushed to the hospital is something quite different!

While there is no doubt that Ortiz is still hungry for more glory, precaution for his health may force him to the sidelines permanently. Naturally however, this is the worst case scenario. The best case would see him simply move up in weight and perform more comfortably with no detrimental sacrifice to his training camp or health. At the moment though, this is all up in the air. So let’s wait and see what’s next for Vergil Ortiz Jr.

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