When Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz fought on Saturday, April 30, fight fans were subjected to a bout that featured two past their prime fighters. Before this fight, Berto proved that he lacked elite boxing skills and Ortiz proved that his jaw is made of glass, but PBC matched the two together anticipating a slug-fest, which proved in part to be true. But let’s all hope that we never have to watch a Victor Ortiz fight again.
Seven years ago, Ortiz was being hyped by Golden Boy as the predecessor to Oscar De La Hoya’s throne. That hype was destroyed in 2009 when Marcos Maidana caved in Ortiz’s face within six rounds.
Ortiz continued on with his career praying that his chin would never be exposed again, but it has been his Achilles heel with regularity. He’s been stopped by Mayweather, Lopez, Collazo, and now Berto.
Victor Ortiz could always deliver a punch, but he can no longer sustain punishment. He has always lacked defensive fundamentals and now his chin gives way when tested the least bit. He’s now in the role of journeyman. His days of being a contender are long gone.
I usually feel bad when I see a fighter’s career coming to a close, but not in Victor Ortiz’s case. He’s displayed a level of arrogance and a lack of class that has bothered me for a long time. When he fought Mayweather in 2011, he flagrantly headbutted Mayweather and then tried to act contrite, hugging and kissing Mayweather.
Mayweather saw that Ortiz is a phony and leveled him during his attempted acts of penance. In his fight with Josesito Lopez, he quit on his stool after getting his jaw broken by a boxer with decent, but not excellent punching power. Many thought this showed a lack of heart on Ortiz’s part.
Ortiz has changed teams and put the burden of his shortcomings on others. After his latest KO loss against Berto, maybe now he realizes that he just doesn’t have it. The people that once used to hype him up and flatter him with praises are all gone. He’s been running on the fumes of his past unwarranted hype machine, and it’s about time for his career to come to a close.
Hopefully, Andre Berto’s fist brought Victor Ortiz back to reality. I have no desire to see Victor Ortiz fight again, and I’m guessing that most fight fans share this opinion.