This weekends main attraction will witness the next step in the blossoming career of Vergil Ortiz (13-0; 13 KO) who will be given the sternest of tests in the once lauded prospect Antonio Orozco (28-1; 17 KO).
It wasn’t long ago that Orozco found himself in the shoes that Ortiz currently fills with most impressed by the way in which he had coasted through the learning curve of his career, but boxing or should I say it’s fans are an unforgiving mistress and a year down the line as seen a change in the thought process regarding the San Diego native.
The reasoning behind that thought process was primarily down to his exposure on the world stage, He had fought his way into title contention but failed to execute on the biggest of stages, left wanting against a very good fighter in Jose Carlos Ramirez who defended his WBC title unanimously.
Since then Orozco’s bubble of intruige has somewhat deflated further more his inability to impress in making hard work of his decision win over Jose Luis Rodriguez, but I like those of you reading this are possibly fickle when it comes to opinion, a win on Saturday night will put him back in the mix and again in our good books.
The problem of course is that he will have to go through Vergil Ortiz Jr to get to that junction, A fighter who unlike Orozco as lived up to his billing as a future division ruler.
The 21-Year Old from Dallas, Texas comes into the bout with high expectation levied on his broad shoulders, further enhanced since his humbling of former Interim WBA Super Lightweight titleholder Mauricio Herrera.
Just thirteen fights in, the excitement is building, allowing ourselves time to predict what the he can gone on to achieve, a sentiment shared by his promotional team who’s forseen his future in moving him rapidly, an obvious indiction of the potential he possesses.
So that said the momentum swings in favour of Ortiz who after dispatching with 13 of his previous 13 opponents looks ready to make inroads with the sole focus on the expectant titles to come in the future.
Having seen first hand Antonio’s rise on the west coast, winning over fans with his performances at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario or the multiple visits he made to the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, I may have been neive, unashamedly so at being one of those fight fans who believed his contest with Ramirez to be a 50/50 flip of a coin kind of fight.
It was Foolishness looking back at it now but hindsight is a wonderful thing having witnessed the way in which Ramirez was able to outpoint him over the course of the twelve round distance, this as aforementioned his poor showing in handing defeat to Jose Luis Rodriguez left what was once an impression but now a linger of a thought of what may have been.
Ortiz on the other hand is now a fighter I rest that excitement towards, his win over Mauricio Herrera was impressive, one which I initially thought would cause him issue, but he showed muturity beyond his years with the ability to go with the obvious hype that surrounds him.
Orozco will provide a tough match up but one that will fall by the way side before the contests ending.