By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (30-5-2, 23 KOs) will finally get back in the ring this month in a fight against 34-year-old journeyman Orlando Loara (31-6-2, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC on December 12th at the AT&T Center, in San Antonio, Texas.
This is about the best you could hope for at this point for the soon to be 29-year-old Ortiz, because he’s been out of the ring for an entire year since suffering a wrist injury last December in stopping Manuel Perez in the 3rd round. Ortiz has only fought a handful of times since losing his WBC welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011.
“Opponent for @VICIOUSortiz on Dec. 12 #PBConNBC card is slated to be Orlando Lora. The card has a total of 16 fights. Crazy! #boxing,” Dan Rafael of ESPN said on his Twitter.
Lora has lost 4 out of his last 6 fights in the last three years. He was stopped in the 6th round last September by junior middleweight prospect Erickson Lubin. Lora was also knocked out by Julian Williams, Jermall Charlo and Keith Thurman. Those guys are all hard hitting fighters with good talent. Ortiz is a mediocre fighter at best, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he loses to Lora.
I don’t know Ortiz’s adviser Al Haymon has in mind for him at this point. If he thinks he can rebuild him to get a world title in the near future, then I think he’s kidding himself because I don’t believe that Ortiz has that kind of talent or ambition at this point. Ortiz has fought rarely since his big payday fight against Mayweather four years ago.
I’d like to think that the money didn’t spoil it for Ortiz and ruin his ambition, but that’s exactly what I think the case is. I think the money has taken away the need for Ortiz to fight at this point. But then again, Ortiz has injury problems stemming from a broken jaw he suffered in his loss to Josesito Lopez and his wrist injury in the Manuel Perez fight. Those things obviously haven’t helped matters, but he still should have been fighting more than he has.
At 28, I think Ortiz is over the hill at this point. He’s missed too much time in his career, and he was never a really solid fighter to begin with. I don’t see there being any place for him in the welterweight division at this point.