Vergil Ortiz Jr Makes It Clear His Sights Are On Errol Spence Jr.
WBO #2 and WBC #8 ranked welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr (16-0 16KO) smashed another opponent in his 2020 debut on DAZN. Samuel Vargas is his latest victim and it’s now at the point where many fans want to see the Texas fighter in with some of the best.
As mentioned previously, he is ranked within the top ten in two of the four major sanctioning bodies. Typically, this would mean that Ortiz is a “rising contender” and would have to keep fighting more “step-up” fights to be recognized by all four.
However given the way he is plowing through his opponents, he may be one of the “exceptions”. With literally a perfect record and taking out four opponents who were considered “step-ups” in a row, the time may be now we see Ortiz in the ring with some of the top contenders at welterweight.
The 22 year-old spoke to DAZN about a possible match-up with unified champion Errol Spence Jr. He and Spence have some…history that is well documented.
In response, Ortiz wants nothing more than to take out the welterweight king while he is at 100%. This would mean the two would have a few comeback fights to shake off the rust. Additionally, the questions surrounding how Spence will return since his October 2019 brutal car wreck will have been answered…with positive results!
But realistically, what are Ortiz’ chances of getting this fight? Spence is in a club where as a “money fighter”, he is only fighting the top competition in the division. Guys like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas, Manny Pacquiao and of course Terence Crawford all stand in the way of Ortiz.
Granted, if the Spence vs Garcia fight doesn’t happen, the unified champ may take a tune-up. Although, this would be a “one-time” deal.
Furthermore, Ortiz is signed with Golden Boy. It is public knowledge that Golden Boy and Premier Boxing Champions do not have a friendly relationship. Although, the two have negotiated before, (recently WBO junior middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira vs Brian Castano) Spence vs Ortiz would be a “high-stakes” match-up both companies would shy away from right now.
Plus given their back-story, more money could be made if Ortiz where a champion or if he at least beat one of the top contenders first.
Therefore by using “common sense”, this fight more than likely will not be made anytime soon. However, this is boxing and surprises happen all the time.
Meanwhile, maybe Ortiz can lure Adrien Broner out of retirement!
By: EJ WIlliams