Victor Ortiz Out Of Fight With Molina After Sexual Assault Charges

By Keith Idec

John Molina Jr. might still fight Sunday night, but Victor Ortiz won’t be his opponent.

Multiple sources have informed that Ortiz has been removed from that main event by Premier Boxing Champions, the organization run by Al Haymon, a day after Ortiz was charged with three felony accounts of sexual assault, including forcible rape. Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, turned himself in to authorities in Ventura County, California, on Tuesday, a day after those three charges were filed.

Ventura County Superior Court records indicate the incident allegedly occurred March 19 at a residence in Oxnard, California. Ortiz’s bail was set at $100,000.


“We don’t comment on open criminal investigations,” said Tim Smith, a spokesman for PBC. “We’ll leave that up to his lawyers. We’re in the process of searching for another opponent for Molina.”

The 31-year-old Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs), of Ventura, California, was supposed to meet Molina (30-7, 24 KOs), of Covina, California, in what was expected to be an entertaining welterweight fight at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California. If PBC’s matchmakers cannot find a suitable substitute for Ortiz on such short notice and Molina thus can’t fight Sunday night, the show still will take place because 24 other fighters have trained to box in the remaining 12 fights on the card.

FS1, FOX’s basic cable channel, still will televise fights from that card as well. If Molina doesn’t box in the main event, it’s likely that a 10-round featherweight fight between Brandon Figueroa (16-0, 11 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, and Colombia’s Oscar Escandon (25-4, 17 KOs) would be elevated to the main event.

The telecast also is scheduled to include an eight-round bout in which highly touted British heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce (5-0, 5 KOs) will square off against Georgia’s Iago Kiladze (26-3, 18 KOs).

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 MexicanMauler on 09-30-2018

Victor is innocent!

Comment by markther on 09-27-2018


Comment by daggum on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=QballLobo;19143881]Trump just tweeted that Ortiz is innocent. Then he found out his last name is Ortiz and tried to get him deported, despite being born in Kansas.[/QUOTE] deport him to kansas. thats punishment enough

Comment by otrocubiche on 09-27-2018

Call ugas, he's always in the gym and has taken several fights in short notice.

Comment by QballLobo on 09-27-2018

Trump just tweeted that Ortiz is innocent. Then he found out his last name is Ortiz and tried to get him deported, despite being born in Kansas.

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