Victor Ortiz: I Should've Fought Rios Long Ago, He Won't Beat Garcia

By Keith Idec

Victor Ortiz still wants to fight Brandon Rios.

To make their bout bigger, it would be better if Rios upsets Danny Garcia on February 17, the same night Ortiz will encounter Devon Alexander on another card. Ortiz just can’t envision his rival beating Garcia, a former welterweight champion who has lost just once and is still in his physical prime.

“At this point in time, I don’t see Rios doing much damage to Danny Garcia,” Ortiz told Premier Boxing Champions recently for a video posted to PBC’s website. “I just don’t see it.”


Philadelphia’s Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) is listed by most Internet sports books as a 20-1 favorite over Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), of Oxnard, California.

The 31-year-old Rios isn’t much older than Garcia (29), but was dominated and stopped by Timothy Bradley in his last welterweight fight against a top opponent. Bradley beat Rios by ninth-round technical knockout in their November 2015 fight in Las Vegas.

Garcia-Rios will headline a Showtime tripleheader February 17 from Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Earlier that night, the 31-year-old Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) will attempt to rejuvenate his career when the southpaw from Ventura, California, goes up against Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs), a former two-division champion from St. Louis. FOX will air their 12-rounder from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

When asked about fighting different opponents on the same night, as opposed to facing each other, Ortiz said he would’ve fought Rios long ago if it were up to him.

“Rios and I should’ve happened a long time ago,” Ortiz said. “I think Rios knows [better] than anyone why the fight did not take place or happen. But at this point in time, apparently I’ve been dodging and I’ve been scared and I guess I’ve been shivering in my pants, you know? So I don’t see him winning [against Garcia].”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Introspective on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=el***;18467356]Havent paid much attention to Rios lately, looked him up and you guys are right..... here he is last october, dude is only 31, he sounds terrible, they shouldnt even be letting him fight.

Comment by Tatabanya on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;18471144]Rios has alwas been like that watcha foos talking about.[/QUOTE] That's exactly what I meant, and already remarked in preceding posts. He's always been a retard; the punches he takes will only make thing worse with the passage of time.

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 02-08-2018

Rios has alwas been like that watcha foos talking about.

Comment by Willy Wanker on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18466476]Rios looks and sounds like a retard right now. One can easily imagine how it will end ten years from now.[/QUOTE] I feel the same about Ortiz.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 02-08-2018

They can fight after Garcia beats Rios. Ortiz -Alexander is pointless fight anyway, it doesn`t matter who wins.

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