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Who Won the Weekend? VOJ, All The Way

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August is the slowest month for pro boxing, and this is because we are a year-round, no-off-season sport…but many powers that be do try and carve out some away time during the year. August is targeted as that month, before we all make the push to the last portion of the year.

A slow weekend can be a smart place to book an up n coming prospect, because if they take care of business in fine fashion, then they probably won’t have to share the ink as much.

Hello, Vergil Ortiz Jr!

The NYF Squad weighed in, when I asked Who Won the Weekend, and VOJ won the day, in a runaway…

Who, then, Abe Gonzalez?

Vergil Ortiz Jr. won the weekend! He took care of Orozco in a way that no one was able to in the past. Ortiz Jr. was composed and showed everyone why he is considered one of the best prospects today. In the post fight interview, he remained humbled and admitted to some faults knowing he is a “work in progress” which is hard to find in young fighters these days. Along with that, he showed loyalty to the execs that got him there in a time where that has been questioned by others publicly. Vergil Ortiz Jr. Is a future champ and took over the weekend!”

“Vergil Ortiz Jr. had a bit of a coming out party,” said David Phillips.

“He was probably the biggest name fighter going on this otherwise slowish boxing weekend and he took advantage of the attention with his emphatic 6th round stoppage over the solid veteran Antonio Orozco. Orozco had only one loss to his record – a UD against Jose Carlos Ramirez in a title bout from last year. Ortiz delivered the kind of performance that both shows his potential while delivering on some of it too.”

John Gatling, what is your pick?

Vergil Ortiz Jr won himself a bit more of the future this weekend. I got a glimpse of his preparation in Texas prior to that slow cooker roasting of Orozco, and without hyperbole, he drops traits of a future all-time great. We never know where they’ll come from, but I think this is Oscar De La Hoya’s best find in terms of pure talent, and if he couldn’t sign Errol Spence Jr, according to this eye, he has the fighter in Ortiz Jr that could cause serious problems for Spence in the very near future. This kid is for real.”

“For me the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame did! It was an amazing event and Rich Marotta (seen in pic with Wilds, below) was integral in putting together a night I will never forget,” said Johnny “Odds” Wilds. 

“Vergil Ortiz Jr. displayed growth as a boxer, which is why he won the weekend,” said Jeremy Herriges.

“We knew he possessed power, but Antonio Orozco provided him an opportunity to improve his boxing I.Q. and he flourished. Ortiz struggled with Orozco’s style in the early going, but he figured him out in round 5. Ortiz used his jab, moved well around the ring, and accurately countered. He broke Orozco down quickly and proved that he could adapt to a fighter’s style when needed. He has all the makings of a dynamic future champion.”

And Kelsey McCarson, your take?

“Vergil Ortiz Jr is only 21 years old, fights in a fan-friendly style and knocks people out. That alone makes him a unicorn in boxing and gives him a real chance to become boxing’s next big thing. Ortiz looked great in stopping former title challenger Antonio Orozco in six rounds on Saturday night. The fight was all action but Ortiz seemed to get the better of just about every exchange. What a find for Oscar De La Hoya who seems to be reeling in his relationships with Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Garcia. Ortiz is as blue-chip as just about anyone gets.”

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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