On July 24th, The 2019 Ring Magazine Prospect will make his return to the ring after a lengthy absence which can be blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic. Vergil Ortiz Jr (15-0, 15 KO’s) is set to make his return on July 24th as the main event announced by Oscar De La Hoya. Although, neither an opponent nor a venue has been formally announced for the card, BoxingScene.com has stated they have sources telling them the most likely location for the card will be in Indio, California.
The announcement for Vergil Ortiz Jr to be Golden Boy’s first boxing card since the COVID-19 pandemic placed boxing on temporary standstill, came as a surprise to many. Ryan Garcia, lightweight prospect sensation, was planned to headline Golden Boy’s first boxing card back, but those plans were scrapped since he was unable to agree to financial terms with the promotional company.
Ortiz has quickly been making a name for himself as a must see prospect, with his fan-friendly style while also riding a current 15-fight knockout streak. It comes as no surprise to many to see Ortiz making such an impact on the professional scene, considering he was a seven-time national champion at the amateur level and a winner at the 2013 Junior Olypmics. Ortiz also is trained by world famous trainer Robert Garcia, who has trained the likes of Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia and current Unified Light Welterweight Champion Oscar Ramirez.
2020 looks to be the year where Ortiz wants to make that step from prospect to legitimate championship contender in the welterweight division. His biggest achievement so far as a professional came in May of 2019, when he won by spectacular knockout against Mauricio Herrera in the 3rd round. Herrera had previously never been stopped in the ring.
Ortiz’s previous two fights have been at welterweight and it will be interesting to see how he does with the elites of the division such as Errol Spence Jr, Terrence Crawford, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. One certainty in his future is that his talent speaks for itself and with his young age of 22 years old combined with an elite boxing stable he calls home, he only looks to grow in the sport and make a name for himself amongst the sport’s elite class.
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