Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Robert Garcia: Berto Beats Victor Ortiz Like Maidana Did

By Michael Marley

You think the Donaire Clan has boxing's most searing Family Feud going on?

There's an ongoing, internecine war of actions, words and emotions which makes the divided Donaires, where world champ Nonito and wife Rachel are bitterly estranged from the fighter's mother and father, look like they're having a church social or a tea party.

Not too many fighters competing in a major fight know they will have a guaranteed "jeering section" in their adopted hometown but come April 16, when Vicious Victor Ortiz steps up in weight and class against unbeaten Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs), he has to know one packed household that will hoping he crashes and burns.

His former trainer, ex-junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, has been estranged from his older brother Danny for over two years, dating back to when the mercurial Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) made the career decision to separate from Robert and also to abandon promoter Top Rank in favor of Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions.

(A source close to Lou DiBella revealed Wednesday that possible venues are Atlanta, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.)

Danny cast his lot with then hot prospect Ortiz, who had been brought to Oxnard, California, along with another poverty-stricken teeenaged boxer, both of them then residing in Garden City, Kansas. The other hand to mouth case was Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, who just won a world lightweight title in a survival test against Miguel Acosta. Rios had to take his licks for several rounds before coming on late for a dramatic 10th round KO Saturday night in Las Vegas.

It's been well-chronicled how Rios used to idolize the slightly older and charismatic Ortiz, following him around the gym and elsewhere like a puppy dog, and their blood feud erupted since the Garcia Brothers split up. Rios has called Ortiz a gutless weasel and worse with Ortiz rarely returning the verbal fire.

What hasn't been gone into in depth is the devastating family fissure that has occurred in the extended Garcia clan since Danny and Ortiz went their way and Robert and Rios went theirs.

Garcia, who held the IBF 130 pound title until he ran into an express train named Chico Corrales, said Wednesday that when Ortiz infamously quit against rugged Argentine Marcos Maidana and then verbally spoke about his profession being too tough for him, there were only cheers around the TV set where he, his wife and four children, his father Eduardo and mother Virginia, and others Garcia were gathered.

"Victor won't beat Berto, although I give him a slight puncher's chance," Robert said by phone from Oxnard. "Berto's not easy to beat. Berto is in his prime. Same thing that happened against Maidana will happen again.

"Victor doesn't have the mentality of the warrior," Robert said. "All the badmouthing he's done, all the causing of a big feud among brothers and sisters in my family, it caught up to Victor.

"We'll watch like we watched Maidana. We had 30 people, my folks and all the kids...When Victor quit, we were all of us, including Mom and Dad, jumping up and down, celebrating.

"I don't like to bring this up but you asked me so...I don't want to wish anyone bad. Others fighters I've trained, like Joan Guzman, Rolando Reyes and Argenis Mendez, they left me, went with other people but they remain my nice friends. I saw that Mendez won a title eliminator in South Africa and I am happy for him.

"Victor won't win that fight just like he didn't win against Maidana," Robert said. "He talks like, 'If I win...'

"Victor talks about how I could always join the Army or go surfing. He's fight to a draw and say, 'Hey, whatever.'"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pullcounter on 03-03-2011

[quote=_original_;10179771]Just like I figured, bunch of out of shape punks who have never even wrapped their hands saying Ortiz doesn't have a heart.[/quote] you don't need to box to know what heart is. that's like saying you have to be…

Comment by Phil Ivey on 03-03-2011

Its do or die, if Ortiz wins it would be great, if he loses he might as well retire really...... he's been very dismal ever since the Maidana fight, his attitude just pains me, like the Peterson fight. That is…

Comment by Young Thug on 03-03-2011

[QUOTE=BoxeoBoriqua;10180718]i know no1 really cares for ortiz anymore and a lot of people are on the rios/garcia bandwaggon but lets be serious....... this mother fukker robert garcia just exposed himself as the ultimate hater. dude said he and his whole…

Comment by King Ju-Ju on 03-03-2011

i know no1 really cares for ortiz anymore and a lot of people are on the rios/garcia bandwaggon but lets be serious....... this mother fukker robert garcia just exposed himself as the ultimate hater. dude said he and his whole…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 03-03-2011

[QUOTE=BesWorldChamp;10179363]this was after Brandon Rios talked down to Ortiz SEVERAL times. I mean over, and over, and over. ...and for the record, I don't believe Victor sent anybody over. I don't think he is the type of person to do…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (61)
Top Headlines Danny Roman vs. Adam Lopez - WBA Eliminator on ShoBox, 1/20 Ellerbe Couldn't Care Less About McGregor's Trash Talk, Motives Nicholas Walters Vows Redemption: I Will Be Back Even Better! "Fighting Words" - Five Biggest Storylines From This Busy Coming Weekend Kovalev Calls Ward 'Son of Judges,' Mocks Surprised Look In Tweet Michael Katsidis is Latest To Pursue Conor McGregor Payday Video: Andrew Tabiti Talks Career Status, Cruiserweight Division Joseph Parker Taking Klitschko Lessons in The Ring With Ruiz Video: Badou Jack Talks Kovalev-Ward, Mayweather-McGregor Gassiev: I Was Surpised at How Tough Lebedev Was, He Hits Hard Ed Brown, 25, Passes Away Sunday Following Fatal Shooting Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand Feeling Strong, Confident of Victory Video: Bermane Stiverne Discusses Alexander Povetkin Title Fight Juan Carlos Reveco Bounces Back With Wide Points Win Photos: Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev Wage War in Moscow Troyanovsky: I Never Saw The Punch, I Hope To Get a Rematch Murat Gassiev-Denis Lebedev: Post-Fight Report Card Saunders Admits Weight Issue, Needed 6 Months To Drop From 210 Photos: Jesus Cuellar Grinding Hard For Abner Mares Title Defense Fan Favorite Jose Ramirez Wants To Bring HBO Card To Fresno Zlaticanin: I Plan To Knock Mikey Garcia Out, He's Easy To Hit! Chavez Jr. Admits: If I Don't Beat Britsch - Then It's Time To Go! Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Looks Poor in Lackluster Akavov Win Billy Joe Saunders: I'll Do My Two Mandatories, Then a Big Fight Frank Warren Sees Bradley Skeete Going For World Title in 2017 Tony Bellew Hints That David Haye is Broke: His Life is in Turmoil! Julian Williams: I'm More Focused, I Definitely Went The Extra Mile Marcos Villasana Jr. Knocks Out Jorge Luis Rodriguez In Eight McGregor: F*** Mayweather's Manager, I Hold All The Numbers! Johnny Navarrete Shocks Jorge Paez Jr. - Retirement Looms? Ed Brown is Fighting For His Life After Being Shot in The Head Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement