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Victor Ortiz Won't Be Bothered By PED Process in Camp

By Keith Idec

Victor Ortiz has no problem with submitting random blood and urine samples during training camp.

The former WBC welterweight champion admits it took some getting used to last summer, but he has grown accustomed to the process now that he is in the middle of his second straight camp that required random submissions.

“They take your blood and you use the bathroom quite a bit,” Ortiz said. “The only different thing was like when there were people looking at you using the bathroom. It was kind of like, ‘All right.’ I had to get used to it, because it was kind of like, ‘I’m trying to concentrate, but he’s looking at me.’ I’d be talking to him sometimes. ‘Yeah man, so how’s it going?’ ”

After adhering to random, Olympic-style testing before his fourth-round knockout loss to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas, Ortiz didn’t hesitate when representatives for Andre Berto demanded the same precautions prior to their Feb. 11 rematch in Las Vegas.

“Not at all,” Ortiz said. “Not at all. Yeah, no problem. We have nothing to hide and neither does Berto, so that’s good.”

Berto did offend Ortiz when he insinuated on Twitter following his loss to Ortiz that Ortiz benefitted from performance-enhancing drugs during their thoroughly entertaining slugfest. Berto backed off those comments later, but the damage was done as far as Ortiz is concerned.

“I didn’t really feel like I did my best that night,” Ortiz said. “But then to turn around and get blamed for usage of illegal enhancement drugs, that was uncalled for because I don’t do any of that stuff.”

The 24-year-old Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., overcame two knockdowns during his first fight against the 28-year-old Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), of Winter Haven, Fla., to win a unanimous decision in an unforgettable brawl April 16 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. MGM Grand is the site of their rematch, which will be televised by Showtime.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NearHypnos on 01-10-2012

Ortiz was in great shape against Floyd...he just didn't SEEM big because he wasn't putting in the work against floyd like he did Berto. Still, I always thought Berto was mostly hype. I like him as a fighter, but he's…

Comment by JrRod on 01-10-2012

Ortiz didn't have a problem before, so why would he have a problem now. He's going to beat Berto again.

Comment by richardt on 01-10-2012

I don't get it - why would Ortiz say he would not be bothered by the PED process when he already went through that process for the Mayweather fight??????? Doesn't that go without saying???

Comment by goldenbear on 01-10-2012

Ortiz didn't look as physically amazing in the Mayweather fight as he did in the Berto fight. Not accusing Ortiz just saying his body looked very ripped especially in the abs against Berto compared to fight w/ Mayweather.......

Comment by leonthegee on 01-10-2012

[QUOTE=bigcursedawg;11649930]Sho outbid HBO by 100,000 or 150,00. I cant remember the exact figure but it wasnt that much[/QUOTE] Thats just pathetic. HBO wasted all those years trying to build guys like Berto, Bradley and Peterson up and then they let…

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