Victor Ortiz stops Corral in four; photos from Ortiz’s victory

Former world champion Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) made his ring return in style with a fourth round stoppage of Saul Corral (23-10, 14 KOs) in their welterweight battle that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on FS1and FOX Deportes Sunday afternoon from Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.

Fighting for the first time since April of last year, Ortiz was sharp from the start and attacked Corral with straight left hands and hooks. Corral was game and fired back uppercuts, but was too often on the short end of their exchanges.

“Corral is a great fighter who hits hard and I definitely felt it,” said Ortiz. “Top of the line boxers like myself, we hang in there and we perform to the best of our abilities. It was my first time back in a while and it’s just the beginning.”

Ortiz had success stalking Corral towards the ropes and unloading, focusing on delivering those powerful straight lefts and hooks. Corral tried to keep Ortiz at bay too often by holding onto his left arm, and after multiple warnings from referee Jack Reiss, he was deducted a point in round three.

“There’s nothing easy about going up against a guy like Saul Corral,” said Ortiz. “We were better tonight. We worked hard and I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready.”

The southpaw Ortiz was again able to trap Corral against the ropes and midway through the fourth round he connected with the decisive left hand that sent Corral into a heap on the canvas. Corral was able to get to his feet and briefly continue, but Ortiz quickly pounced and forced the referee to stop the bout 1:26 into the round.

“There are a lot of names out there in the welterweight division,” said Ortiz. “At this point I’m going to let my team guide me, because I’ll always be ready for anybody.”


Here are photos from Ortiz’s victory:


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Boxer Victor Ortiz: ‘I’m a complete fighter’

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.