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  Ortiz Stops Hooker

Vergil Ortiz:

“I thanked Maurice Hooker for giving me this opportunity. He didn’t have to take this fight, so I give him props. I felt like I did pretty good. There’s always room for improvement. I could have done a lot of things better. Hooker showed me that he is durable. He can definitely take a punch. He was smart. He was trying to throw around my guard. But I just knew what to do.

The game plan was to slow him down. I knew he was going to want to box. I knew he wouldn’t want to stay inside. I neutralized his plans. I did think I would go the distance at some point in the fight. But, to be honest the head shots weren’t hurting him. He can take a punch. That’s when I started investing into the body.”

“This win gives me more confidence. I believe in myself even more now than ever that I am ready for a world title. I would love the opportunity to fight Terence Crawford. If I get any opportunity, I would take it. I don’t care if I’m ready or not; I want that fight.”

Seniesa Estrada:

“This is a dream come true. This is exactly how I pictured it winning a world title when I was 7 years old. I was on a global platform on DAZN and a fought a very good champion. I did it with Golden Boy. That’s exactly how I pictured it as a little girl.”

I think I did great. I followed the game plan. We knew that Ortiz would be a durable opponent. She takes everyone the distance. But nobody had ever put her down like that or made her face like that, so I’m happy I did that.”

UC Results:

Cruiserweight prospect Tristan Kalkreuth (8-0, 6 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas scored a first-round knockout win against Dustin Long (4-2-2, 4 KOs) of Johnston City, Tennessee in a scheduled six-rounder. Kalkreuth ended matters at 1:18 of the aforementioned round.

Alex Martin (15-4, 6 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois scored an upset 10-round unanimous decision win against previously undefeated contender Luis Hernandez (21-1, 19 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico to capture the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title.

George Rincon (11-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated Luis Solis (25-12-4, 21 KOs) of Merida, Mexico via eight-round decision in a super lightweight bout. Rincon won with two scores of 80-71 and one score of 79-72.

Super bantamweight prospect Hector Valdez (14-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Alberto Torres (11-4-3, 4 KOs) of Sacramento, California. Valdez won with two scores of 78-74 and one score of 79-73.


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