Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto put on an entertaining display when the two met in 2011, and many boxing fans were looking forward to the rematch between the two. Unfortunately, their scheduled June 23 bout has now been cancelled due to Berto testing positive for the steroid norandrosterone.
While Ortiz is a little bummed that he won’t be fighting Berto in June, he remains focused on his training camp, and he’s ready to face any replacement Golden Boy Promotions can find.
“When my manager Rolando Arellano told me [about Berto’s failed test], I said five words. ‘I’m going to the gym,” Ortiz said during an interview with WorldBoxingNews.net. “Right now, my opponent is up to my promoters Golden Boy and my manager, but I will fight anybody they say between 140-150 pounds.”
It’s really not surprising to see Victor Ortiz so eager to return to the ring, considering the fact he got knocked out in his last fight against Floyd Mayweather. Obviously eager to get back on the winning side of things, Ortiz will be a handful for his next opponent, and it’ll be interesting to see who steps up to the plate.
Rumors currently have Josesito Lopez as the most likely replacement for Berto – ESPN’s Dan Rafael confirmed the matchup on May 21, but Golden Boy Promotions is yet to officially make an announcement.
Lopez will give up some size against Ortiz, but he’s certainly skilled enough to compete with the former WBC welterweight champion. It probably won’t be as entertaining as the rematch with Berto would have been, but it’s still a lot better than the alternative: cancelling the entire fight card.
Even though Olympic style drug testing (OSDT) has already ruined two highly anticipated fights this year, we certainly need to see a lot more of it in boxing. PED usage is obviously a problem in the sport right now, and it’s about time the sanctioning bodies come up with stricter testing procedures.
Given all the criticism Mayweather has received for starting the trend of demanding OSDT as a condition to fight, boxing’s pound-for-pound king deserves some credit for his role in cleaning up the sport.
Phil D. Jay, “Victor Ortiz: These Guys Ask For Tests, Then Get Busted!”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.