Vergil Eclipses Hooker in a Thriller That Lasts 7 Rounds, Ortiz Gets the Stoppage as Hooker Succumbs to Punishment Leading to Injury

A strong fight met expectations, as 🇺🇸Vergil Ortiz Jr. (17-0-0, 17KO👊), met the defiance of “Mighty Mo” 🇺🇸Maurice Hooker (27-2-3, 18KO👊), and put on a show for the fans at the 🏟️Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. With back and forth action, Ortiz was able to put Mo down twice in the bout, and the fight met its conclusion in the 7th round by TKO, keeping Ortiz consecutive knockout streak alive.

The crowd was heavily in Ortiz favor despite both fighters being Texas-bred, and it seemed as wide as a 90/10 split in terms of supporters at the arena. Mo Hooker coming out of the dressing room was cool as a cucumber, while Verge had the disposition that he was simply focused on getting to work, despite this being his biggest test yet.




VO 2

THE BATTLE OF TEXAS, AND HOW IT WENT

There was plenty of nervous anticipatory energy throughout the venue right before the 🛎️opening bell sounded. Both at first stood on the front foot, digging and exchanging hooks. There was a big one that Verge snuck in there that caught the attention of Hooker, and forced him to circle out and stay outside for the rest of the round.

Ortiz defensive positioning was superb, and was looking to walk Hooker down. Mo put emphasis on establishing the long jab to keep the distance between the two, but a few times, he got stuck standing inside of Vergil’s range instead of staying outside, and Verge took advantage of that, stunning Mo late in the 2nd.

VO 5

Every one of Vergil’s shots had menacing purpose behind them, and was very selective with his punch output. Hooker had a solid backend of the third round, as he started to get more comfortable, and stringing together 3-4 punch combinations, with good success, resulting in some abrasions forming on Ortiz’s face.

Hooker’s best punch in the early going was a strong right hand in the 4th round that momentarily rocked Ortiz, and made him backpedal and box off his backfoot for the remainder of the round, were the tides shifting❓

VO 4

It appeared that way in the beginning of the 5th, as Hooker kept up the same intensity…so Vergil decided at this juncture that it was time to ramp the level up, and increased his pressure. In the middle of the round, he landed a heavy left hook to the body that forced Hooker to shell up for the rest of the round, taking the breath away.

Round 6, Hooker was looking to inflict more damage to the battered face of Ortiz – that is, until a nasty 💥left uppercut spun Mo’s head around like a dreidel, and Ortiz followed up right a menacing right, left right combination that dropped Mighty Mo to the canvas. Hooker got up dazed, and Vergil nearly finished him off inside the stanza, but ran out of time, as the bell rang.

Hooker, always brave, immediately came out in the 7th round running to Ortiz and firing away, to let Ortiz know that he refuses to be overtaken. As the round went on, there was more toe-to-toe action. What happened next must’ve been from the strong left hook blocked by Hooker’s elbow, that proceeded towards him turning his back on Verge 3 seconds later and going down to the mat.

VO 6

He looked to be in real pain, (either it was the elbow, or the hand from the punch that recently landed), and Hooker couldn’t find what was needed inside to get up to beat the count, and like that, Verge in front of his drove of fans, picked up the big step up victory that 🔑unlocks the door to the next realm of elite Welterweights.

VO 3

As the Welterweight division’s activity has slowed down, with an impenetrable wall in between WBC/IBF Titlist 🇺🇸Errol Spence Jr. and WBO Titlist 🇺🇸Terence Crawford, fans will put more of their attention behind Vergil Ortiz, and other young guys like 🇺🇸Jaron “Boots” Ennis, as they are the ones that are driving the division and looking for the big fights that simply aren’t happening elsewhere in the division.

Hooker fought well, and fought up to his capabilities, so he has nothing to hang his head over considering his performance. In the crowded Welterweight division, he may find himself in the thick of the top-12, and he will have a tough climb towards constant improvement under new Head-Trainer 🥋BoMac, to enhance his stock as the weight class, but he still has a couple prime years left to continue improving.




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