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Dylan Hernandez: Boxing industry tries to recover from a strong uppercut delivered by COVID-19

He's still 22.

As much as Vergil Ortiz Jr. reminds himself of that, he can't stop wondering about what he's lost over the last three months.

"In my mind," he said, "I have a whole lot of what-ifs."

He's not alone.

The undefeated welterweight is part of a part of a group of a promising up-and-coming fighters that includes lightweights Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia, as well as featherweight Shakur Stevenson.

Lopez and Stevenson are 22. Haney and Garcia are 21.

"This was supposed to be everyone's breakout year for my generation," Ortiz said.

The pay-per-view shows and championship fights that Ortiz and his contemporaries envisioned will have to wait, as boxing recovers from a mandatory standing eight-count it was forced to take because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ortiz will headline the card scheduled

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