Ortiz Has No Canelo Thoughts, Full Focus on Lopez Win

By Luis Sandoval

Last Tuesday during a media conference call, Golden Boy Promotions announced that on September 15th on Showtime pay-per-view, they will pit Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in a mega fight they have called “Knockout Kings”.

Victor Ortiz was on the most recent edition of BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab on the eve of the big announcement but Ortiz had only one thing on his mind; June 23rd and Josesito Lopez. When asked about Golden Boy’s announcement and how he felt regarding their confidence in him to announce his next fight while still having to fight in 2 weeks, Ortiz assured that was the furthest thing from his mind.

“I don’t really care what Golden Boy thinks about me. I don’t care what Golden Boy or anyone in the world thinks about me right now. I’m sure Golden Boy has their thoughts, I have mine. I don’t count anybody out” said Ortiz.

“I work hard and yeah, I’m sure they think I’m going to win it. I happen to know [I’m going to win]. I have a very assured team because we’ve been killing ourselves for the last 7-8 months now.”

The fight between him and Alvarez would take place at the Junior Middleweight limit of 154 pounds and for Alvarez’s WBC title. When asked about his thoughts on the move to 154, Ortiz still maintained complete focus on his fight with Lopez.

“As of right now I’m focusing on 147, June 23rd and Josesito [Lopez]. After Josesito we can talk about different things. But as of right now, I’m at 147. Strictly 147. Don’t have trouble making 147. And I’m not heavy at all at 147” Ortiz would tell The Boxing Lab.

When I spoke to Victor Ortiz’s manager Rolando Arellano, he informed me that Ortiz was not even thinking about Canelo for the time being and all his focus and attention was on the task at hand. While the 2nd biggest fight of his career awaits him, you have to credit Ortiz for not jumping the gun and approaching the situation in a professional manner.

His opponent Josesito Lopez however felt disrespected by Golden Boy’s announcement and them thinking it’s a foregone conclusion he will taste defeat when he faces Ortiz. Victor understands where Lopez is coming from as he says he’s been in that situation before. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t concern him one bit.

“I don’t really care what [Josesito] comes up with. I know I prepared to my fullest. I can definitely understand and feel where he’s coming from and why he’s feeling disrespected. It’s just like when I fought Floyd [Mayweather]. Floyd was looking beyond me. Did I feel disrespected? I didn’t really care” said Ortiz.

“It is what it is. He can feel how he wants to but I will be victorious”.

You can listen to Victor Ortiz’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast at:

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El Angel on 06-21-2012

Ortiz gets him out in 6 or less. Unless he shows signs of overtraining, he'll be fine. Next up, Canelo Alvarez in September. Can't wait for this fight.

Comment by b morph on 06-21-2012

ortiz should get through this fight fairly easily, lopez looks like he's been in with soft opposition, but i really fear for ortiz when he faces canelo, he might get beat bad

Comment by treason1 on 06-20-2012

i wouldnt be surprised if ortiz somehow screws this fight up and misses out on his biggest pay day ever . ortiz is like a wild card even though he may be focus in the first few rounds somewhere along…

Comment by newcastleking on 06-20-2012

I bet all you cats thought Ortiz was gonna finish Maidana in their fight too right? All you need to beat Ortiz up is a bigger heart than him and power punches.

Comment by SixFootGiant on 06-20-2012

I hope Joseito wins, not because I dont like Victor but because I just think it would be hilarious to see Canelo-Ortiz get screwed up. And with what's happened in 2012 I wont be surprised at all if that's exactly…

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