Vergil Ortiz Jr. is coming into his personal as a welterweight contender and a field workplace draw.
The unbeaten knockout artist loved the very best of each worlds in his most up-to-date contest, a seventh spherical stoppage of Maurice Hooker (27-2-3, 18KOs). Their March twentieth all-Dallas shootout performed to a sold-out crowd at Dickies Enviornment in Fort Value, Texas. The occasion—which streamed stay on DAZN—produced a stay gate of $391.040 from 4,558 tickets bought in response to the ultimate tax bill supplied by Golden Boy Promotions to the Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), a duplicate of which has been obtained by BoxingScene.com.
Tickets had been bought at 4 worth factors from $40 to $200 for the DAZN-televised present. One other 430 complimentary tickets had been issued to the broadcasters, manufacturing workforce, media and personnel deemed important to the promotion.
“Vergil Ortiz Jr. proved that he can draw a official crowd in his hometown,” Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy instructed BoxingScene.com.
The venue—which is mere miles from Ortiz’s hometown of Grand Prairie, Texas—usually holds 14,000 at full capability. Social distancing measures restricted the variety of tickets made accessible to the general public, with Golden Boy having fun with its second straight occasion in Texas to run via its total stock.
The earlier event got here lower than three months prior, when Ryan Garcia knocked out England’s Luke Campbell within the seventh spherical of a DAZN-streamed important occasion at American Airways Middle in Dallas, Texas. That present produced a stay gate of $353,835 from 4,218 tickets bought, with Golden Boy working with the venue to make extra tickets accessible to the general public after promoting out its preliminary batch.
Ortiz (17-0, 17KOs) loved his second hometown headliner within the win over Hooker. The earlier event got here in his true hometown of Grand Prairie, the place he stopped Antonio Orozco within the sixth spherical of their Aug. 2019 conflict. A bigger crowd was available for that present, which wasn’t restricted by social distancing and COVID protocol.
“It was just a little totally different (this time), solely due to the venue,” Ortiz instructed BoxingScene.com. “It’s a smaller venue, not as unfold out so it felt like they had been proper subsequent to the ring.
“It was intense. I might actually really feel the love.”
Along with enhancing his field workplace attraction, Ortiz additional proved his value within the talent-rich welterweight division. It got here on an evening when the division’s two finest fighters, Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21KOs) and Terence Crawford (37-0, 29KOs) had been each available to witness the occasion.
“He additionally confirmed that he’s an actual participant at 147 kilos,” insists Gomez. “That’s an actual powerful division, so if he makes it out on high, we may have a fighter who not solely can promote tickets, however who additionally could be acknowledged as a high pound-for-pound fighter.
“I stay up for how the following few years will play out.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox