Unbeaten welterweight puncher Vergil Ortiz (16-0, 16 KOs), 22-years-old, has no problem with finalizing a showdown against WBO world champion Terence Crawford.
Ortiz, who holds the WBA’s “gold” version of the welterweight title, is viewed as a legitimate threat in the weight class.
He feels ready to face the biggest names at 147-pounds.
Besides Crawford, the welterweight world championship landscape includes Errol Spence (WBC and IBF), Manny Pacquiao (WBA super champion), and Yordenis Ugas (WBA champion).
But he believes Crawford is the easiest fight to make.
In a recent interview with BoxingScene.com, Ortiz’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, said he was willing to match his man against Crawford, who has a promotional agreement with Top Rank.
“With Crawford it’s the easiest [fight] to make, I think it would be a very good fight. With Yordenis Ugas it would be a good fight and with Spence he could already be at 154 pounds [by the time I’m in line for a mandatory shot],” Ortiz told Jose Luis Camarillo.
“[A fight against Manny Pacquiao] would be something very big. I would love that fight, although I doubt that they will offer it to me.”
Ortiz expects Golden Boy to push him forward in a big way – especially with the recent departure of Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from the promotional stable.
“It makes me a little sad, I liked seeing him [Canelo] and from time to time fighting on his cards, but this will open opportunities for others who are on the rise. Golden Boy was focused on Canelo and now they will be [focused] on us,” Ortiz said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ortiz was only capable of fighting one time in 2020 – when he knocked out Samuel Vargas in seven rounds back in July at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV