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Crawford: They’re Trying To Move Ortiz Too Quick; He Should Fight ‘Merciless’

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Terence Crawford thinks about somebody he has actually defeated to be the excellent challenger for Vergil Ortiz Jr.’s following fight.

The unbeaten WBO welterweight champ does not think about Ortiz experienced sufficient to test him right now. Egidijus Kavaliauskas, on the various other hand, would certainly be a suitable challenger for Ortiz’s go back to the ring, according to Crawford.

The 33-year-old Crawford would certainly wish to see exactly how Ortiz prices versus a hostile, solid competitor like Kavaliauskas prior to seriously thinking about the young knockout musician as a future opponent. Crawford saw imperfections in Ortiz’s video game prior to he quit Maurice Hooker on Saturday evening in Ft Well worth, Texas, that Crawford is completely positive he would certainly make use of if he were to combat the Grand Savanna, Texas, indigenous following.

“I just think, you know, they’re trying to move him too fast,” Crawford claimed throughout a current look on “The Ak & Barak Show,” which streams weekdays on SiriusXM and also DAZN. “And also I assume, you understand, he require to [take] a number of even more battles with various quality of competitors. You obtained ta assume, [Hooker] just had one fight, one round, at welterweight. He simply went up. You understand what I suggest? So, he had not been truly a [full] welterweight yet. Yeah, he obtained the elevation for welterweight, however he had not been a [full] welterweight yet.

“You know, I would like to see Vergil against like a ‘Mean Machine’ [Kavaliauskas], somebody that can punch. You know what I mean? Somebody that’s aggressive. Somebody that’s gonna push you back. Like you coming forward. Let somebody back him up. You know what I mean? Let’s see how he reacts to somebody punching him. You know what I mean? Because Mo, he can punch. And you seen, you know, I seen him having success. You know, somebody taking [Ortiz] into deep waters, being that he’s never been past, you know, the seventh or eighth [round]. You know, so, there’s a lot of questions to be asked.”

Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, quit Kavaliauskas in the nine round of their December 2019 round at Madison Square Yard in New York City. Lithuania’s Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KOs), that was Crawford’s compulsory opposition, evaluated Crawford early in their fight– most memorably in the 3rd round, when his right-hand man showed up to influence Crawford.

A resistant Crawford recouped swiftly from what some recommended should’ve counted as a knockdown and also reclaimed full control of their set up 12-round round. Crawford knocked down Kavaliauskas when in the 7th round and also two times in the nine round prior to umpire Ricky Gonzalez quit their fight.

The 23-year-old Ortiz (17-0, 17 KOs), the WBO’s second-ranked opposition for Crawford’s champion, went down Dallas’ Hooker (27-2-3, 18 KOs) when each in the 6th and also 7th rounds. Hooker harmed his right-hand man prior to he decreased throughout the 7th round, however Ortiz showed up well on his method towards an extra standard technological ko by that factor.

Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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