By Steve Sturges: Victor Ortiz (315-2, 24 KOs) is saying he’ll be fighting on April 30 next month, and he believes that a rematch against 32-year-old Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) could be his opponent. This would be a rematch of their fight in 2011, which was won by Ortiz by a 12 round decision. Both fighters are in the position where they badly need a win.
Berto is in a little bit better position than Ortiz, as he’s ranked #3 by the WBC and he just finished losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September by a 12 round decision. The loss didn’t hurt Berto’s career for some reason despite the fact that he looked incredibly poor in the fight.
Ortiz has only fought five times since his win over Berto in 2011, and a lot of boxing fans think Ortiz is retired. Berto has fought only six times, but the fans see him as still fighting because his fight with Mayweather received a great deal of publicity.
“What’s up, guys. According to the fans I’ve retired, but then again, I’m fighting April 30th so I don’t know how that’s possible,” said Ortiz to fighthype.com. “It’s been an interesting career for me but, umm, I’m back. I put acting aside just because I know what I want, and that’s the championship, so 147, I’m here. And I’m here for the taking so…”
Ortiz is only 29, so it’s possible for him to get another title shot at 147 in the future, but he’s going to need to start fighting a lot more than he’s been doing recently. Ortiz beat Gilberto Sanchez Leon last December in an 8th round knockout victory. However, before that, Ortiz hadn’t fought since December 2014 in beating Manuel Perez. Ortiz missed an entire year of activity. Before the Perez fight, Ortiz was out of the ring for 11 months after losing to Luis Ortiz in January 2011. In his fight before that, Ortiz was off for a year and a half in losing to Luis Ortiz.
Before that, Ortiz was out of the ring for nine months after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. So you can see, Ortiz’s career has really ground to a half ever since he got a big payday in the Mayweather fight. I’m not sure if it’s money, injuries or a lack of interest in fighting that has slowed Ortiz’s career. Whatever the case, he’s not fighting enough and it’s hard to see a situation where he’ll be able to fight enough to get a world title shot like he wants.
“He’s going to get it, and we’re looking at April 30th so Andre Berto, I’m going to remind you who I am again,” said Ortiz. “Oh hell yeah. Come on, you had to cheat twice on steroids in order to beat me and you still can’t beat me?! Get out of here, man. You’re lucky I’m even thinking about giving you a chance. But it’s okay, cause here’s the thing, I’m ready once again, and this time I’m going to end him.”
Ortiz barely beat Berto in 2011, and it’s anyone’s guess who would win between them now. Both look so bad now, and I can’t imagine who would win a contest between them. They’re both such poor fighters right now, and neither of them are relevant in the welterweight division, even though Berto is technicallay ranked at #3 by the WBC.
“To be honest with you, that’s not the rematch I was looking for, I wanted Floyd Mayweather,” said Ortiz. But honestly we all know that Floyd Mayweather, he runs…I understand it, so at the end of the day, I get what, a Berto rematch. Why not?! He thinks he’s the greatest, hey, everybody has a dream, but I’m in your way so too bad.”