Throughout his likely Hall of Fame career, Robert Garcia has been fortunate enough to work with countless fighters that would go on to capture championship glory. Although the renowned trainer could sit down and rattle off a long list of pugilistic stars that he enjoyed partnering up with, he paused for a moment as he reminisced over his time spent working with Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Although the pair enjoyed loads of success, Ortiz opted against continuing their momentum. While they did officially part ways, that hasn't stopped Garcia from rooting loudly for his former star pupil.
Recently, after handing Michael McKinson the first defeat of his career, Ortiz was given the sort of news that he was hoping for. With 19 consecutive stoppage victories under his belt, the WBA sanctioning body has ordered their regular champion, Eimantas Stanionis, to defend his secondary trinket against Ortiz.
Shortly after, both sides immured themselves during a rather short purse bid, with Golden Boy Promotions, the promotional thumb in which Ortiz fights under, claiming the rights to their showdown.
With a gigantic smile plastered across his face, Oscar De La Hoya, Ortiz’s promoter, announced that he would soon reveal a date and venue in the coming weeks. Like the rest of the boxing world, Garcia considers a matchup between them as an incredible one. However, having worked closely with Ortiz, Garcia simply views him as a unique fighter.
“Stanionis is a great fighter but Vergil is just something else," said Garcia to ESNEWS. "Vergil is just one of those kids that’s not only very good in boxing but mentally and physically - unstoppable, unbeatable.”
Stanionis, after waiting patiently for his crack at the welterweight division’s top two stars in Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, has thrown his hands up in frustration. Initially, after winning the vacant secondary crown against Radzhab Butaev, Stanionis was under the impression that he would eventually face off against Spence.
Of course, the 28-year-old was left apoplectic as he was devoid of a title shot. In any event, the Lithuanian is now warming up to the idea of facing Ortiz.
The fight is heading to a date of March 18, and Garcia admits that he'll be glued to his television screen. Although he doesn't expect Stanionis to simply lay down, he doesn't see any avenues that will lead to his victory.
“It’s not going to be an easy fight but Vergil is just too f------ strong.”
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