By Luis Sandoval
Victor Ortiz is (29-3-2, 22KOs) gearing up for his rematch with Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) on June 23rd at the Staples Center is Los Angeles, CA. Both combatants put on a fight of the year in their first bout and both seem eager to get in the ring again. Ortiz won the first meeting, in April 2011, with a twelve round unanimous decision.
While Berto was relaxed and laid back when he took the podium at their press conference in Los Angeles, Ortiz was quite the opposite. He promised a victory and had some choice words for Berto.
“I will remind you; I was a 140 pounder coming up to 147. I schooled you. It wasn’t close at all. At all. But this fight will have the same outcome except [it will be] shorter” said a confident Ortiz to Berto.
From all accounts it would seem Ortiz is going into this fight looking for a knockout but he assures while he does want to end this fight in dramatic fashion, he’ll let the opportunity to end things come to him.
“"I don't really care [what Berto does], I'm there to end Berto's career, so I'm good. I’m actually not looking for a knockout but I’m pretty sure the chance will present itself. If that’s the case, I’m ending it” Ortiz told BoxingScene.com.
There is definitely some animosity between Ortiz and Berto. During the face off at the press conference, they both jawed at each other until the golden boy himself Oscar De La Hoya had to come between them to get them to stop and start posing for photographs.
Ortiz will once again be training in Oxnard, CA at the Knuckleheads Gym in preparation for rematch with Andre Berto and he’s already fired up and ready to go.
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