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Victor Ortiz: If Berto Can't Make June 23, I'll Move On

By Phil D. Jay

Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs) has told WBN that the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California is the likely destination for his return bout with Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who out-pointed Berto in a thriller last April, has been given a date of June 23rd for the re-scheduled bout which was originally due to take place on February 11th before Berto suffered a ruptured bicep in training.

“I have been informed by my management that it will be Staples on June 23, 2012 - but if Berto is not available then I must move on. I cannot put my career on hold any longer for him. I wish him well and a speedy recovery,” Ortiz told World Boxing News.

Asked whether the four-month delay in the bout had been frustrating for him, Ortiz replied; “The only effect it will have is the effect you want it to have. I have a positive attitude so I look at this delay as a time for me to work on other sporting endeavours and to let my body heal from the intense work outs of boxing.

“This time off does me good. I do other sports in my off time like the LA Marathon and I will be doing an IronMan in August. I love to surf and want to do a Spartan race so these things keep me occupied.”

Berto, 28, was given an outlook of 8-12 weeks recovery time for the injury suffered in January and should be fit enough to begin training again in April, which gives him plenty of time to make the new June 23rd date.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b0ndsj0ns20 on 03-09-2012

I'll say it just for the hell of it, Ortiz vs Paul Williams. Both look like they need an opponent, and that would be a fun one to watch. Not going to happen, but I guess I can dream.

Comment by zab191 on 03-09-2012

Ortiz v Pac or R.Gurerro

Comment by PrettyBoy22 on 03-09-2012

No way in a million years Ortiz and his team would take the fight but i'd love to see him fight Kell Brook

Comment by NearHypnos on 03-09-2012

I like Kirkland but I think Ortiz would walk through him. I really don't trust his chin. Ortiz, all the bull aside is a pretty damn good fighter imo. Maybe we can see Ortiz-Martinez at 154. I mean, what other…

Comment by Southpawology on 03-09-2012

you guys know what would be a really sick fight?? Ortiz vs Kirkland !!! two southpaw BANGERS!! Ortiz could make 154 and both are with golden boy, but too bad kirkland already has a fight.

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