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Vergil Ortiz: I belong in the top dogs

WBA gold welterweight champion Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KOs) hosted a media workout yesterday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, Calif. ahead of his 12-round fight against Brad “King” Solomon (28-1, 9 KOs) on December 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

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“I feel like I’ve really shown that I belong in the top dogs,” said Ortiz. “I feel like people are starting to recognize me a lot more, this was my breakout year and I’m going to break out even more next year.

“What I know about Brad Solomon, he’s a very experienced fighter, he has double the wins that I have. He’s crafty, he definitely brings something different to the table than my past fighters you know, he’s not going to stay in the ring, he’s going to want to make me miss, going to want to stick a move. We haven’t seen me fight someone like that in the professionals yet so everyone’s going to see how I do against a fighter like that.

“I’m ready to show people that I can fight any way, if I need to adjust then I can adjust. I haven’t had to make those adjustments yet. Some people say that I don’t move my head a lot, but I move my head a lot, especially in sparring. The thing is I haven’t needed to yet, I haven’t needed to do a lot of things in my fights yet because they’ve ended so early. There’s going to be a time when I’m going to need to use everything I have and that’s probably going to be one of my greatest fights. My work ethic comes from my dad pushing me this entire time. He’s really pushed me to not be satisfied with anything that I do, there’s always room for improvement, you can always work harder. A lot of my success has come from my dad.”

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  • Young man hits hard. he knocked out Herrera with one punch. A man who has never been stopped. He’s got a good team and a bright future.

  • The welter weight division is one of the deepest divisions with many potentially great match up variables.

    Ortiz is one of the fastest rising stars in the division, with devastating punching power. Unfortunately, he has the worst promoter possible, but I don’t think there are many people who doubt that he can make it to the top.

    Solomon is a good opponent, but he has been inactive for a long time (only 1 fight in past 1.5 years and 2 fights in the last 2.5 years) + he is already in his mid 30’s. He’s a good boxer but I don’t think he will be able to keep up with Ortiz for more than a few rounds.

    Ortiz by KO in the mid or late rounds.

  • I have a feeling that being with GBP is going to be a hindrance for this guy. I can easily see him being stagnant with no progress for several years while his prime years evaporate while his promoters spend 99% of their time continuing to build that overrated red haired —-s career.

  • Ortiz has all the potential to be great, beside talented, his punching power is at world class level. Under Golden Boy Promotions he has more opportunities to be in the mix with the top guys at Welterweight and his exposure is by far better than many others talented Welterweights. Just recently there was a fight between two really good boxers that went unticed for many, because they didn’t have what it takes to be known. Oscar works fine with Eddie Hearn and DAZN. Hearn deal well with almost every other promters and managers, Arum and Haymon included.
    Even though Oscar is not a candidate for honesty and decency medal, he is better option for Ortiz than Top Rank for instance. At least I don’t see his future like Crawford, Gilberto Ramirez, Erwin Ancajas and some others talented fighters under this promotional company.

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