Vergil Ortiz’s Rise to Stardom
The undefeated WBA Gold Welterweight Champion Vergil Ortiz Jr. has expressed his desire to face welterweight contenders Keith Thurman in 2021 and Errol Spence in 2022. The rising star also has an upcoming bout against Danny Garcia. While neither Thurman nor Garcia currently hold any titles, wins in these bouts would allow Ortiz to continue climbing the welterweight division rankings.
Ortiz is one of the most promising young superstars that the boxing world has seen in decades. The 22-year-old has achieved 16 knockouts across his 16 bouts to this point in his career, which is as true of a testament to his boxing abilities as anything.
Ortiz began training for a career in boxing at the early age of eight after his father introduced him to the sport. He was able to win the Junior Olympics in 2013 and set a record with his seven national championship victories in the sport.
Ortiz signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions, where he still fights to this day, in 2016. He continues to leap closer to title contention with each passing victory, and it is only a matter of time before he earns a shot at the gold. While he may have his sights set on being an all-time great, that goal shockingly seems within reach for the budding superstar if he continues to impress as he has to this point in his young career.
While Ortiz is aware that the clock may not be working in his favor in his hopeful bout against 30-year-old Errol Spence Jr., he also knows he must be patient. He spoke on this matter in a recent interview with DAZN.
“I think I’ll be ready for Errol Spence in less than two years, honestly,” said Ortiz. “I don’t want to wait too long to where he’s already on his way out. I want to say that I beat Errol in his prime, and hopefully, we get it on in the Cowboys Stadium.”
While Ortiz has high hopes about his future opponents, he may have to face some lower-ranked fighters before his wishes are granted. There are also rumors that Thurman wants a rematch against Manny Pacquiao, so Ortiz may have to potentially wait in line to get his shot at the former champion.
In the meantime, he will look to keep his hot streak alive in his upcoming bout against Danny Garcia on December 5, 2020. He can surely continue to climb the welterweight ladder with a win in the clash.