Errol Spence on Vergil Ortiz: “I Don’t See Him Beating Me!”
Unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21KOs) took part in an Instagram interview with Premier Boxing Champions to discuss a variety of things.
Spence, who hasn’t been in the ring since September of 2019, where he won a close split decision over Shawn Porter to unify the IBF and WBC welterweight titles, had a horrific car accident less than a month later that he’s actively recovering from. With his return expected at some point in 2020, he’s a much wanted man.
Fellow Texas native and rising welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz (15-0, 15KOs) has longed desired a hometown clash with Spence. He has even gone so far as predicting himself to be the fighter to give Spence a loss while he’s still in his prime.
When asked about Ortiz, the unified champion was respectful but also revealed how he remembered Ortiz as a kid.
“Me and Vergil started at the same gym, Vivero Boxing Gym. Same coach and everything. You know just seeing him get to that point, it’s great seeing. You know, because I remember him as a little kid, a little crybaby kid.
“But now to see him get to this point and looking to face me in two or three years. It’s good that he knows that in two or three years, he might be ready.
“I don’t see him beating me, but much respect to him for doing his thing, for getting to this level. I think he’s 15 and 0 with 15 knockouts.
“Much respect to him for doing his thing and putting on for the city and making Dallas look good.”
Ortiz didn’t take to kind to Spence labeling him as a crybaby and took to social media to respond. Spence would return letting the rising fighter know his comments weren’t meant to be taken as disrespect.
Obviously, a fight between these two unbeaten Texan power punchers would be huge in the city of Dallas, and for the state of Texas alone. However, Spence has bigger fish to fry in the meantime while Ortiz is still polishing his game as he continues to make his way up the welterweight ranks.
By: Jerrell Fletcher