Victor Ortiz

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Victor Ortiz (born January 31, 1987) is an American professional boxer of Mexican descent. He is a former WBC Welterweight Champion.

He was previously in the light welterweight division, where he held the USBA & NABO titles. Ortiz, with a crowd-pleasing, aggressive style, two-fisted power and boyish charm, was made the 2008 ESPN Prospect of the Year.

He is currently rated as one of the "top three" welterweight boxers in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring,, and ESPN.

The first loss and the two draws on Ortiz's record are not counted as significant due to the fact the loss came by way of disqualification in the first round for knocking Corey Alarcon cold with an uppercut off a clinch. The first of two draws was a first-round technical draw in January 2007, when Ortiz faced Marvin Cordova Jr., when an accidental head-butt opened a cut on Ortiz's forehead and rendered him unable to continue. The second draw was a controversial one against Lamont Peterson, as and HBO unofficial scorer Harold Lederman both had it 97-91 in favor for the 23-year-old Ortiz.

Early life

Ortiz was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas, the third of four children of Mexican immigrant parents. When he was seven years old, Ortiz's mother abandoned his family for a relationship with another man. Shortly thereafter, Ortiz began boxing at the insistence of his father, an alcoholic who often beat his children following his wife's departure. In an interview, Victor said, "I hated that lady. I drew her a card once with a little rose on it and I gave it to her. She just threw it down and said 'What do I want that shit for?' That's when I picked up boxing. Then my Dad started screwing up, drinking."

Ortiz' father also abandoned the family five years after their mother left, which forced Ortiz and his five siblings into the Kansas foster care system. Ortiz was twelve years old at the time. His older sister would become a legal adult in 2002 and moved to Denver, Colorado. Ortiz and his younger brother left Kansas and moved in with her.

Amateur career

While training at a Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center, he was noticed by former heavyweight boxing contender Ron Lyle, who had become a supervisor at the center. In 2003, Lyle guided Ortiz to a Junior Olympics tournament, where, at the age of sixteen, he won the 132-pound weight division with a perfect 5-0 record. This time, he was noticed by another former boxer, Roberto Garcia, who had held the IBF Super Featherweight Championship during the 1990s and whose father was the trainer of Fernando Vargas.

Move to California

Though Garcia was based in Oxnard, California, he offered to train Ortiz, who accepted and moved from Colorado to California, where he began training at Oxnard's famous La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. Garcia later became Ortiz's legal guardian, and Ortiz graduated from Pacifica High School. At age seventeen, Ortiz reached the United States Olympic boxing trials in the 132-pound weight class, where he was eliminated in the final stages (The weight class was instead won by Vicente Escobedo).

Ortiz turned professional later in 2004 while still only seventeen years of age. When he reached the age of eighteen in 2005 and became a legal adult, he gained custody of his younger brother, who is now a college student. Ortiz continues to reside in Ventura, California.

Victor Ortiz boxed at The Garden City Boxing club where he was trained by five trainers who all worked together to get him ahead in his boxing career. His original trainers included Ignacio "Buck" Avilia, Manuel Rios, Antonio Orozco Sr., Juan M. Aldana Jr. and Alfred Ritz. He won the Ringside National Title in 2001 and 2002 and the National Jr. Olympics in 2002.

Professional career

Light Welterweight

After turning professional, Ortiz easily won his first seven fights against weak opposition. However, on June 3, 2005, Ortiz was controversially disqualified in the first round of a bout against unknown Corey Alarcon in Oxnard. After having already knocked Alarcon down once in the round, Ortiz knocked him down again shortly after referee David Denkin ordered the fighters to separate from a clinch. Alarcon stayed down for the count and was awarded the fight based on Denkin's judgment that Ortiz's knockout punch had been an illegal punch during a break.

Following the fight with Alarcon, Ortiz continued to win and had built a record of 18-1-1 as of August 30, 2007, when he fought his first well-known opponent, Emmanuel Clottey of Ghana, in only his second bout scheduled for ten rounds. Ortiz defeated Clottey by technical knockout in the tenth and final round. Three months later, Ortiz followed up on his victory with another knockout win, this time in the first round of a ten-round bout against former junior welterweight titlist Carlos Maussa of Colombia.

On September 13, 2008, Ortiz fought his first bout scheduled for twelve rounds, against Roberto David Arrieta of Argentina. Ortiz knocked Arrieta down in the second, fourth and fifth rounds and won by technical knockout in the fifth round. At the end of 2008, ESPN named Ortiz the boxing prospect of the year.

On March 7, 2009, Ortiz fought his first bout televised on HBO World Championship Boxing against Mike Arnaoutis of Greece, who had fought top-ten light welterweight contenders such as Juan Urango, Ricardo Torres and Kendall Holt without ever having been knocked out. However, Ortiz scored a technical knockout of Arnaoutis in the second round.

On June 27, 2009, Ortiz faced Marcos Rene Maidana (25-1-0) of Argentina in Los Angeles for the Interim WBA Light Welterweight title. Ortiz entered the fight with an eight-fight knockout streak. Maidana, a dangerous puncher, had won 25 of his 26 previous bouts by knockout. The only previous blemish on his record at that point was a close split decision loss to WBA Champion Andriy Kotelnik. Both Ortiz and Maidana were knocked down in the first round. Ortiz knocked Maidana to the canvas twice in the second round. Ortiz suffered a cut in the 5th round and was knocked down in the 6th round. The fight was stopped when the ringside physician would not let Ortiz continue to fight. Many in the boxing media, including HBO, chastised Ortiz for not wanting to continue in the fight, an issue which surfaced again later in his career after retiring in his fight against Josesito Lopez.


Before the Maidana fight, Ortiz fired Roberto Garcia and Garcia's father. Ortiz expressed how the Garcias constantly humiliated him through derogatory speech but would then hire Garcia's brother Danny. After recovering from a broken wrist and switching trainers, Ortiz announced his return fight would be on HBO Boxing After Dark. On December 12, 2009, Ortiz bounced back from the defeat he suffered vs Maidana to stop Antonio Díaz, who failed to answer the bell for the seventh round. Ortiz then fought Hector Alatorre on February 25, 2010 winning by TKO in the tenth and final round.

Ortiz vs. Campbell

Ortiz was victorious in a unanimous decision victory over Nate Campbell on May 15 at Madison Square Garden on the Undercard of Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi. Ortiz, 23, was quicker, more active and landed heavier shots throughout the fight. Campbell, 38, did not seem to have much steam on his punches on the few occasions that he landed anything solid. He also appeared troubled all fight by Ortiz's southpaw style and straight left hand as he followed Ortiz around. Ortiz scored a knockdown on a short right hand, although it also looked like he shoved Campbell.

Ortiz vs. Harris

On September 18, 2010 Victor faced former WBA Light Welterweight Champion Vivian Harris on the Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora undercard at Staples Center. He was on ESPN's SportsNation to promote the fight with Harris. Victor landed 25-of-54 power punches. He dropped Harris with both hands and landed some nasty power punches. That short right really showed off the unique power possessed by Ortiz. Ortiz knocked Harris down three times in the second round en route to a knock out win with :45 seconds left in the third round.

Ortiz vs. Peterson

On the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana, Ortiz faced former title challenger Lamont Peterson on December 11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Peterson went down for the first time from a right hand that finished a four-punch combination. Peterson got up quickly and did not appear hurt. But he was moments later from another punch and he grabbed on to Ortiz as they tumbled to the mat. But when the fight resumed, Ortiz was on Peterson again and knocked him hard into the ropes, which held him up and caused referee Vic Drakulich to call the second knockdown of the round with about 30 seconds to go. One judge scored the bout a win for Peterson and the other two remaining judges scoring the bout a draw; the fight will go down on record as a draw. This was despite those who were in attendance saying that Ortiz clearly won the fight.


Ortiz vs. Berto I & II

Main article: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz
Ortiz fought Andre Berto for the WBC Welterweight title on April 16, 2011 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. Hailed as the early pick for the fight of the year, Ortiz won the fight by unanimous decision over Berto. They both came out aggressively, then just over a minute into the round, Ortiz landed a shot behind Berto's head and Berto went down. Berto and Ortiz exchanged knockdowns in their fights with both of them going down twice. Both fighters were hurt in that fight. However, Berto took a lot of punishment while against the ropes and looked to be exhausted after the 6th. Ortiz had his way from the 7th on and only had to worry about an occasional big punch from Berto. The judges scored the match 115-110, 114-112 and 114-111 all for the new WBC Welterweight Champion.

Main article: Repeat or Revenge
Ortiz will face Berto, whose first thrilling slugfest in April was one of the best fights of the year, once again. The fight, which had been in discussion for weeks, was originally supposed to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on February 11, 2012. The fight was postponed to June 30, 2012, due to Berto rupturing his biceps in training and being unable to meet the original date. On May 20, 2012 Berto failed an anti-doping test, testing positive for nalondrone. Although Berto denied having ever taken the substance intentionally, the rematch was cancelled and Light Welterweight Champion Josesito Lopez was chosen to take his place.

Star Power

Main article: Victor Ortiz vs. Floyd Mayweather
On June 7, 2011, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced via Twitter that he and Ortiz had an agreement to fight on September 17, 2011. The fight was for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight belt. Mayweather, ten years older than Ortiz, fought Ortiz after a 16-month hiatus from boxing.

The fight took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena. From round one, Mayweather tagged Ortiz repeatedly. Mayweather seemed in control through the first three rounds (judges scores: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 for Mayweather), but in the fourth round, Ortiz found success, landing a few shots and stinging Mayweather before bulling him into the corner. Then Ortiz rammed Mayweather in the face with an intentional headbutt, busting open a cut on the inside and outside of Mayweather's mouth. Referee, Joe Cortez, called timeout and docked Ortiz a point for the foul. As the fight resumed, Ortiz hugged Mayweather in the corner and even appeared to kiss him. Mayweather then unloaded a left hook and a flush right hand to Ortiz's face. Ortiz dropped and was unable to beat Cortez's count as the crowd of 14,687 were furious at the ruined fight.

"In the ring, you have to protect yourself at all times," Mayweather said. "After it happened, we touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left hook and right hand after the break. You just gotta protect yourself at all times."

Joe Cortez commented post-fight, saying, "Time was in. The fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal."

Ortiz vs. Lopez

After Ortiz's scheduled rematch against Andre Berto fell through when Berto tested positive for a banned substance, his promotional team quickly found a late replacement in Josesito Lopez. However, just days before the fight was scheduled to take place, Ortiz was announced as the opponent for Saúl Álvarez in the main event of a Pay-Per-View show entitled "Knockout Kings" scheduled for September 15, 2012 if he were to defeat Lopez. Ortiz fought Lopez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 23. In an exciting fight, both fighters repeatedly engaged in competitive exchanges, as opposed to the one-sided bout predicted by many members of the press. At the beginning of the tenth round, Ortiz's team threw in the towel when the fighter complained of a broken jaw, subsequently cancelling his possible bout with Alvarez. After the fight, Ortiz stated, "Josesito broke my jaw, I had my mouth open and he broke my jaw. I couldn't close my mouth. It happened early in the (ninth) round. The corner wanted me to continue but I just couldn't."

Professional record

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|align=left| |-align=center |Loss ||29-3-2 ||align=left| Floyd Mayweather, Jr. ||| || ||align=left| MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 29-2-2 ||align=left| Andre Berto ||| || ||align=left| Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut}} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw || 28-2-2 ||align=left| Lamont Peterson | || || ||align=left| Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 28-2-1 ||align=left| Vivian Harris | || || ||align=left| Staples Center, Los Angeles, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 27-2-1 ||align=left| Nate Campbell ||| || ||align=left| Madison Square Garden, New York, New York}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 26-2-1 ||align=left| Hector Alatorre | || || ||align=left| Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 25-2-1 ||align=left| Antonio Díaz ||| || ||align=left| UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois}} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss || 24-2-1 ||align=left| Marcos Maidana | || || ||align=left| Staples Center, Los Angeles, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 24-1-1 ||align=left| Mike Arnaoutis ||| || ||align=left| HP Pavilion, San Jose, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 23-1-1 ||align=left| Jeffrey Resto ||| || ||align=left| MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 22-1-1 || align=left| Roberto Arrieta | || || ||align=left| MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 21-1-1 ||align=left| Dario Esalas ||| || ||align=left| The Home Depot Center, Carson, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 20-1-1 ||align=left| Carlos Maussa ||| || ||align=left| Madison Square Garden, New York, New York}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 19-1-1 ||align=left| Emmanuel Clottey ||| || ||align=left| Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 18-1-1 ||align=left| Maximino Cuevas ||| || ||align=left| Cliff Castle Casino, Camp Verde, Arizona}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 17-1-1 ||align=left| Tomas Barrientes ||| || ||align=left| Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas}} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw || 16-1-1 || align=left| Marvin Cordova, Jr. ||| || ||align=left| Dodge Arena, Phoenix, Arizona}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 16"1 ||align=left| Yahir Aguiar ||| || ||align=left| Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 15"1 ||align=left| Alfred Kotey ||| || ||align=left| Gilley's, Dallas, Texas}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 14"1 ||align=left| Orlando Cantera ||| || ||align=left| Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 13"1 ||align=left| Freddie Barrera ||| || ||align=left| Activities Center, Maywood, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 12"1 ||align=left| Nestor Rosas ||| || ||align=left| Roseland Ballroom, San Antonio, Texas}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 11"1 ||align=left| Leroy Fountain ||| || ||align=left| Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 10"1 ||align=left| Donnell Logan ||| || ||align=left| Ventura Theatre, Ventura, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 9"1 ||align=left| Kevin Carmody ||| || ||align=left| Edgewater Hotel, Laughlin, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 8"1 ||align=left| Oliver Bolanos ||| || ||align=left| Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas}} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss || 7"1 || align=left| Corey Alarcon ||| || ||align=left| Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 7"0 ||align=left| Rodney Jones ||| || ||align=left| Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 6"0 ||align=left| Joel Ortega ||| || ||align=left| Convention Center, San Diego, California}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 5"0 ||align=left| Juan Patino ||| || ||align=left| Plaza, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 4"0 ||align=left| Charles Hawkins ||| || ||align=left| Edgewater, Laughlin, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 3"0 ||align=left| Lee De Leon ||| || ||align=left| Plaza, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 2"0 ||align=left| Alejandro Nungaray ||| || ||align=left| Flamingo, Laughlin, Nevada}} |align=left| |- align=center |Win || 1"0 ||align=left| Raul Montes ||| || ||align=left| Plaza, Las Vegas, Nevada}} |align=left| |-align=center

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

  • WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
Regional/International Titles:

  • WBO NABO Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)
  • USBA Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)

Boxing Style

Ortiz is a right-hander who nevertheless chooses to fight from a southpaw stance. Ortiz has stated, "I'm naturally right-handed. Everything I do is right-handed. My power is just built on my left hand, somehow. Fighting left-handed was just more comfortable for me. I was just a better boxer that way. My defense was better, I didn't get hit as much. I just developed myself into a left-hander. I don't even like to switch to right-handed."


Ortiz is a contestant on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars and is partnering with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold. .

See also

  • List of left-handed boxers

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