Victor Ortiz: I'm Not Satisfield; Will Reign As Champion Again

By Keith Idec

You want to aggravate Victor Ortiz?

Ask the fickle former WBC welterweight champion a question with the word “if” in it as it pertains to winning his fight against Devon Alexander on Saturday night. The powerful southpaw abruptly ended a phone interview with on Wednesday, but before doing so confidently predicted that he’ll beat Alexander in their 12-round welterweight fight in El Paso, Texas.

“There’s no what if?,” Ortiz said. “I will defeat Devon Alexander on Saturday night, at 6 p.m. (MT) on FOX. And with that said, whatever Al Haymon wants me to do and go for, I’ll do.”

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FOX will air Alexander-Ortiz as the main event of a three-bout broadcast from the Don Haskins Center (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Alexander is listed as a 3-1 favorite by numerous Internet sports books.

The 31-year-old Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) hasn’t beaten a ranked welterweight since he got up from two knockdowns, dropped Andre Berto twice and won their back-and-forth slugfest by unanimous decision to capture the WBC 147-pound championship in April 2011. The Garden City, Kansas, native lost the WBC crown in his following fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who scored a controversial fourth-round knockout of Ortiz in September 2011.

Ortiz is just 3-4 since beating Berto and has suffered each of those four defeats by knockout or technical knockout. He’s still sure, though, that he can become a champion again.

“In the next few years, I will reign as world champion again,” said Ortiz, who knocked out Mexico’s Saul Corral (28-10, 19 KOs) in the fourth round of his last fight, July 30 in Bakersfield, California. “It was short-lived off my championship that I captured. The world saw it. I still remember it like it were yesterday. I’m not satisfied. I’m not content. So I’m coming for everything.”

St. Louis’ Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) also is attempting to come back from several setbacks, including an opioid addiction for which he completed treatment last year.

In his last fight, the 31-year-old former junior welterweight and welterweight champ dropped and out-pointed Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo (26-5-1, 19 KOs) on November 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His victory over Castillo was Alexander’s first fight in more than two years.

“He looked all right,” Ortiz said. “Nothing too crazy, nothing that I haven’t seen. So we’re ready.”

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 Sickmerch1990 on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=greenarcher89;18488010]Alexander will make him quit.. no mas por pabor no mas[/QUOTE] Remember the ortiz quit fight v the beast that was maidina he was hard as nails marcos maidina one of the best of this era

Comment by greenarcher89 on 02-15-2018

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18487729]Worth a watch this both around the top of 147 once upon a time both on last chance saloon either awful stinker or a barm stormer al go with the latter alexander by late stoppage[/QUOTE] Alexander will make him quit..…

Comment by MrFynest on 02-15-2018

He must have lost too many brain cells. If a feather fisted Collazo can knock him out in 2 rounds as well as a shot Berto. Imagine what Thurman and Spence will do to this poor guy.

Comment by greenarcher89 on 02-15-2018

I won't be surprised if he'll quit again the way he quit before. Ortiz doesn't have a heart..

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 02-15-2018

Worth a watch this both around the top of 147 once upon a time both on last chance saloon either awful stinker or a barm stormer al go with the latter alexander by late stoppage

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