clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Vergil Ortiz Jr looking forward to future fight with Errol Spence Jr

The welterweight prospect shares some thoughts on his history with the unified titleholder.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During this video interview with highly-regarded welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, the young fighter breaks down a potential future fight against Errol Spence while talking a little about their common history together.

Ortiz on what he thinks of a match-up between Errol Spence and himself:

“I think a fight with me and Errol would be a really good action-packed fight. And, you know, we did come from the same gym, everyone always like compares the both of us, and a lot of people don’t even realize we come out of the same gym. I think people really count me out because they don’t think that I’m big enough. But what people don’t realize is I’m like the same height as him, if not taller. I’m not exactly like buff as shit or whatever, but I’m still pretty strong.

“I mean, honestly, I think it’ll be a good fight. I don’t think that the fight goes the distance...we’re not gonna be happy with a decision, you know. We’re gonna leave it all out there, doing it for Dallas, you know?”

On who gets stopped in that fight:

“I mean, hopefully he gets stopped, I’ma do my best not to get stopped [laughs]...I’m gonna do my best out there, and like I said, all respect to Errol — I’ve grown up with him, I’ve looked up to him as an amateur when he was turning pro and all that.”

On if they’ve sparred before:

“We never sparred because when he was in my gym I was only like 11 years old and he was probably almost in his 20s already.”

On which sparring experience he best remembers:

“Mikey Garcia. You know what, when I sparred him the first time — I’m not gonna lie, this was like in 2018 — he completely broke me down, like so easily. And like I was so surprised, at that time I’m just like ‘no one can make me look like an amateur’. Bro, he did exactly that! And I swear to God, after a few sparrings with him I feel like a completely different fighter. He’s taught me so much.”

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook