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‘I Need to Fight’ – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Speaks With Dan Rafael

'I Need to Fight' - Vergil Ortiz Jr. Speaks With Dan Rafael

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‘I Need to Fight’ – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Speaks With Dan Rafael

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‘I Need to Fight’ – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Speaks With Dan Rafael

Vergil Ortiz Jr. (19-0, 19 KOs) returns to the ring against Fredrick Lawson (30-3, 22 KOs) aiming to reignite his career.

The two headline a Golden Boy Promotions event at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, NV. DAZN will broadcast the six-fight card on January 6. This will mark the Texan’s first fight at super welterweight.

Ahead of his ring return, Ortiz spoke with Big Fight Weekend’s Dan Rafael about his health, what happened during fight week last summer that caused the Eimantas Stanionis fight to be cancelledhis frustrations over his health issues and reuniting with trainer Robert Garcia.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Speaks to Dan Rafael

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Ortiz on Starting a New Chapter

Among the first questions asked by Rafael was whether Ortiz was ready to return following his health troubles.

“I feel great,” said Ortiz. “This kind of feeling that I’m feeling right now, it’s really familiar. This reminds me of when I was at my best. It’s kind of funny thinking about it because I was like ‘Man, I haven’t felt like this in a long time.’ I have a really good feeling about this [fight].”

The Texas native even stressed his desire to get back in the ring and remain active.

“Sometimes [during] weigh-in week I’m hungry. I just want to eat something. Right now, I don’t even care about the hunger. I’m not hungry at all. I just keep thinking [that] I want to fight. I need to fight.”

Click below to listen to the entire interview between Dan Rafael and Vergil Ortiz Jr. on the Fight Freaks Unite podcast.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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