By Rick Reeno
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed an earlier report on BoxingScene.com, regarding the possibility of Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs) challenging WBC 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29KOs) on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, was always considered a big, strong fighter at 140. Ortiz's last two fights took place at 147-pounds and he certainly retained his power and physical strength with the move in weight.
Physically, Canelo and Ortiz are very similar. Both boxers stand at 5'9 and Canelo has a one-inch reach advantage - 71 to 70. Canelo would have the edge in power, with Ortiz being the quicker of the two. In terms of their styles matching up, a knockout ending is certainly a bet worth taking.
"That would be a barnburner. If Canelo would fight Victor Ortiz - it can only be an exciting fight. That would be one of those fights that going into, where you can probably leave the judges at home and based on what we've seen on Saturday [with Pacquiao-Bradley] - that might be a good thing," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.
However, there is still some unfinished business before Ortiz can fully focus on a fight with Canelo. On June 23rd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ortiz will face the very durable Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17KOs) in a Showtime televised main event.