Last time we saw Victor Ortiz, he was stopped in the 4th round by Andre Berto in April of 2016. At the time, many thought that would be the end for Ortiz. However, Ortiz feels he has been down this road before, and can get back to the top. “I’ve been written off before. People have said I should retire since my first loss,” said Ortiz at his media workout in Ventura, CA on Tuesday.
“I came back from that loss and became a champion. I don’t care what people have to say about me. I could go act full-time (Expendables 3, Southpaw) if I wanted, but I truly love this sport.”
The former WBC welterweight champion returns against Mexico’s Saul Corral (24-9, 15 KOs) in the main event of PBC on FS1 and FOX Deportes on July 30 at the Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.
The 30-year-old Ortiz (31-6-2, 24 KOs) feels he is still one of the best in the loaded welterweight division. “I still feel like I can be one of the best in the 147-pound division. It’s there for the taking,” said Ortiz ‘There are some gifted fighters in there and I respect them, but I believe that I have what it takes to be right up there. I’m a complete fighter.”
While I do not think Ortiz is a complete fighter; he is an entertaining fighter, and has name recognition. If he can put together a few wins, he might be able to get himself another title shot, but that can’t happen unless Ortiz takes care of business against Corral.