T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas - “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (32-7-3, 25 KOs) was not happy with the scoring of his ten round unanimous decision loss to Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (37-6-1, 20 KOs).
The two former world champions took part in a crossroads bout in the welterweight division.
All three judges scored the bout 96-94.
Their bout was the co-featured attraction to Manny Pacquiao's decision loss to WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.
Much of the action was fought on the inside where Guerrero landed the cleaner shots. After a feel-out opener, Guerrero came alive in the second, stunning Ortiz with a series of power shots.
Round after round, the two former world champions unloaded short shots in close quarters with each refusing to take a backward step. Guerrero capped off his performance with a strong 10th frame, which proved to be the difference on the cards.
"I thought I won. It is what it is,” said Ortiz. “It was a close fight. He didn’t hurt me. A couple times I got caught off balance but that was it. I should have boxed a little better, but hey, he did what he had to do.”
The bout was the first for Ortiz since February of 2018, when he fought to a twelve round majority draw with former world champion Devon Alexander.
Ortiz had some legal issues that forced his inactivity of several years.
Although he's only 34-years-old, Ortiz has only averaged one fight per year from 2015 to 2018. Ortiz's boxing future is now in limbo, with a long road ahead if he intends to chase another world title in his weight division.