|Birthdate||January 31, 1987|
|Birth Place||Garden City, KS|
|Record||Won 29 / Lost 4 / Drawn 2 / 22 KO's|
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Introduced to boxing by his father at the age of seven, Ortiz and his siblings soon had to deal with life on their own after both their parents left. Resilient and determined to make something of his life, the 12-year old Ortiz worked in the cornfields to make ends meet. By 13, he was in foster care, and it took five years for him to be reunited with his older sister, who took custody of him.
At this point, Ortiz was making a lot of noise in the amateur boxing world, and he eventually made it to the 2004 Olympic trials. And though he fell short of making the Olympic team, later that year he was in the ring making his pro debut, stopping Raul Montes in a single round.
Six more wins followed before he suffered the only loss of his pro career on June 3, 2005 when he was disqualified in the first round against Corey Alarcon for what was controversially ruled an illegal blow when the two broke from a clinch.
Undeterred, Ortiz lived up to his nickname ‘Vicious’ in the ring over the next two years as he piled up win after win. By 2007, he was ready to make his move on the big guns at 140 pounds, and with a dominating 10th round TKO of Emmanuel Clottey and a spectacular first round knockout of former world champion Carlos Maussa in front of a packed house at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ortiz had arrived.
2008 kicked off with a bang for the Californian, as he knocked out Dairo Esalas in five rounds on the Oscar De La Hoya-Steve Forbes undercard on May 3, 2008, and on September 13th, Golden Boy Promotions’ newest signee returned to the ring and blasted out 47-fight vet Roberto Arrieta in just five rounds.
But two second round knockout victories over Jeffrey Resto in defense of his NABO 140-pound title in December of 2008 and Mike Arnaoutis for the USBA crown in March of 2007 changed everything for Ortiz, who had graduated from prospect to contender in impressive fashion.
Next up was a clash against Marcos Maidana for the interim WBA junior welterweight title on June 27, 2009, and in one of the year’s best fights, Maidana went down three times and Ortiz twice before the Argentinean emerged victorious via a sixth round TKO.
It was a setback for “Vicious” Victor, but he was not discouraged by the defeat; he instead vowed to come back stronger than ever, and in two subsequent bouts, he halted longtime standout Antonio Diaz in seven rounds, and veteran Hector Alatorre in ten frames to improve to 26-2-1 (21 KOs) as a pro.
On May 15, 2010, Ortiz set foot on the big stage once again when he took on former world champion Nate Campbell in New York City and scored a near-shutout 10 round decision victory. On September 18th, he returned to STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the first time since the Maidana fight and was in stellar form as he knocked out former world champ Vivian Harris in the third round, setting up a December 11th showdown with Lamont Peterson in Las Vegas.
The Peterson fight was a puzzling one to most observers, as Ortiz knocked his opponent down twice in the third round, and was solid throughout the ten rounder, only to have the judges render a draw verdict.
But the fight world knew what Ortiz had accomplished in the bout, and on April 16, 2011, he stepped up to the welterweight division to face Andre Berto for the WBC world championship.
What followed was one of the most exciting championship bouts of recent history, as Ortiz and Berto traded hellacious power shots, causing each fighter to hit the deck twice. But despite the knockdowns he suffered, Ortiz was the quicker and more active fighter throughout, and when he landed his blows, he would routinely shake the champion up. At the end of 12 rounds, the judges rendered a unanimous decision…for the NEW WBC welterweight champion of the world, Victor Ortiz.
It was a spectacular victory for Ortiz, one that resonated throughout the world both in and out of boxing. On May 10, 2011, it was declared “Victor Ortiz Day” in his home state of Kansas, but the big news wasn’t over yet for Ortiz, as he was soon to engage in the biggest fight of his career on September 17, 2011 against pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. In perhaps the biggest event of the year, Ortiz suffered a controversial loss of his title via fourth round knockout, but after overcoming so much in his life and career, this was just a minor setback.
Ortiz had been training to fight Andre Berto on February 11, 2012 in a rematch of their electric fight in April 2011, but Berto sustained a bicep injury delaying the match until June 23, 2012. In the spring, Ortiz began training again for Berto, but after Berto failed a prefight drug test, Josesito Lopez stepped in to face Ortiz.
On June 23, 2012, Ortiz will finally begin a new year and a new chapter when he fights Lopez .