Oscar De La Hoya took on a lot of responsibility by pointing out that the 22-year-old Texan Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) is practically ready to face Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs).
Vergil Ortiz Jr. has enormous potential. Every boxing enthusiast looks forward to seeing him on ring with a stronger opponent and seeing him climbing the ranking. However, we perfectly know that this must happen gradually and with the minimum risk for the young champ’s career. We’re all super excited about him and we know that he has the talent to take on any welterweight in the top ten right away, except for one: Terence Crawford. However, his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, seems to have a different opinion.
During a recent interview with BoxingScene, De La Hoya said that he is aware that Terence Crawford is the only guy who can worry him in the welterweight division but he can still consider a fight between the two boxers soon (in the interview De La hoya said “now”). Now, there are two keywords which need an explanation: worry and soon. If “worry” means Terence Crawford tears him apart and “soon” means in 4-5 years, we are clear. As a promoter, you will never talk in these terms about your client. So, you need to smooth the terms. Understood. But if worry means worry and soon means now, then we have a problem.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a 22-year old boxer from Grand Prairie, Texas who has raised the value of his opponents in the last two seasons by beating good fighters such as Mauricio Herrera (24-9, 7 KOs), Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KOs), Brad Solomon (28-3, 9 KOs) and Samuel Vargas (31-6-3, 14 KOs) last July. But Terence Crawford is a whole different game. And between Crawford and him, there are a couple of layers such as Mikey Garcia (40–1, 30 KOs) and Manny Pacquaio (62–7–2, 39 KOs) (if a big name is needed), as well as Spence Jr. (26–0, 21 KOs) before going up there to challenge the myth.