Super Lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. will make a move up to the welterweight division Saturday when he takes on tough journeyman Maurico Herrera in a 10 round bout that will serve as the co main event to Canelo-Jacobs.
Ortiz (12-0, 12KO) plans to move back down to 140 after this bout but wants to test the waters at 147 as he feels that will be his home sooner than later. He gets to make this move in front of a huge audience after this fight was moved up on the card after David Lemieux pulled out of his fight with John Ryder due to an injury.
The Dallas native has stopped all of his opponents before the final bell but hasn’t gotten the same level of attention as his Golden Boy stablemate, lightweight Ryan Garcia. Saturday night will put him on full display with more eyes on him than he has had up to this point. This will be his 4th fight in 12 months. Last fight in January won over Jesus Valdez Barryan after fight stopped due to cut over Barryan eye.
One of the toughest journeymen around today will serve as opposition for Ortiz. 38 year old Mauricio Herrera (24-8, 7KO) has lost 3 of his last 5 but steps in hoping to give the 21 year old a hard nights work.
Herrera has stepped in with some of the best and been in wars with Ruslan Providnikov, Mike Alvarado, Jose Benavidez Jr, and Danny Garcia. In his last outing he was dominated by Sadam Ali, losing a 10 round decision. He will look to bounce back and prove critics that think his days in the ring should be done wrong. Facing a rising prospect like Ortiz will definitely be a tough route to go to do so.