“So what’s the latest from camp Ortiz?” asked Big Steve during our morning coffee at Starbucks on Western and Glenoaks:” Besides him modeling men’s underwear.”
Victor Ortiz is scheduled to defend his WBC welterweight crown against undefeated Floyd Money Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in what definitely will be the biggest fight of his career up to date. The event dubbed “Star power” will be televised by HBO PPV.
What a difference a year makes, in this case it is one fight, when it comes to the career of Victor Ortiz. All but written off by fans and media alike after his 2009 6th round K.O. loss to Marcos Maidana, Victor was resurrected when he liberated previously unbeaten WBC welterweight champion, Andre Berto from his title in a spectacular and dominating fashion.
“I think he’s got that swagger in his walk now that he’s got the title,” said promoter and friend, Oscar De La Hoya yesterday during Victor’s media work out day in Ventura, California: “I didn’t see it in him before the Berto fight.”
Ortiz was underdog in a fight with Berto and he is underdog against Mayweather, a seven to one underdog as of right now. So when Victor was asked about preparation for the toughest fight of his career he showed his newfound swagger.
“I think there is a miscommunication,” said Ortiz in a recent interview with Southern California reporter Elie Seckbach:” You think I have the toughest fight of my career. Let’s go back a little bit. Truth be told here, Mayweather has the toughest fight coming up. Mayweather has never been tested. Mayweather has never had any body hit him as hard as me.” According Victor’s manager Rolando Arrellano, Victor has dropped every opponent he has been in the ring with. But undefeated in forty one fights Mayweather has been dropped and hurt before.
“Mayweather just doesn’t belong in the ring with a person of my caliber,” continued Ortiz who looked in superb condition eighteen days in advance of his first title defense:” I am going in as a world champion. I am giving him a shot. You can take it for what it’s worth. I am the reigning world champion and no one is taking my crown. Not even you Floyd!”
Even though Victor is a champion and a younger and stronger man than his adversary, very few experts think he has a chance to pull off the upset.
“I really don’t care what anybody thinks about me. I know what’s up here and what’s in here,” said Ortiz pointing to his head and then to his heart:” Floyd Mayweather, no more. This guy doesn’t belong in the same ring with me and I’ll prove that.”
An English poet, George Herbert wrote:” Skill and confidence are unconquered army.” Victor Ortiz has the confidence. Does he have the skill to pull off major upset on September 17th?
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