By Edward Chaykovsky
Last week, trainer Robert Garcia told BoxingScene.com that he was really hoping that fight would finally see a battle between former champions Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24KOs) and Victor Ortiz (31-6-2, 24KOs).
The feud between Ortiz and Rios is well known. The two of them have disliked each other since they were young fighters, but a lot of politics and weight disparities prevented the fight from ever become a reality.
Now Rios and Ortiz are both fighting in the welterweight division and there are no politics preventing the fight from taking place. Rios is a free agent and recently parting ways with Top Rank. After an entire career of working with Garcia, Rios broke away and hired Ricky Funez.
Rios is quickly approaching a year of inactivity and hopes to get back in the ring as soon as possible. In his last time out, Rios was knocked out by Timothy Bradley last November in Las Vegas.
"He still has a few fights left, but the fight I want to see is against Victor Ortiz. That's the only fight I want, especially now that he's free agent he could easily go and talk to whoever is in charge of Victor Ortiz and make that fight happen. It will be huge in Southern California," said Garcia, who also worked with Ortiz when he was a young fighter.
Ortiz himself has been inactive as well. He's been out of action since suffering a four round knockout loss in his rematch with Andre Berto.
Ortiz is managed by Al Haymon and fights under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. If Rios decides to align himself with Haymon, he believes the fight with Ortiz will be inevitable.
"We don't know [if it will happen]. [The fight with Ortiz] might get closer than you might think. If I go with Al Haymon you never know. He can run but he can't hide if I go with Al Haymon. We'll see. We'll find out and see," Rios told IFL TV.