January 30th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz


Los Angeles, CA- One of the more polarizing figures in boxing today, former WBC welterweight (147 lb.) champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), is back in the ring this Thursday to take on tough veteran Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. “Vicious Victor” will fight for the first time since suffering a June 2012 TKO 9 loss to Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KOs), a fight in which Victor was forced to resign with a severely broken jaw.


While Collazo is not the hardest hitter, he is a skilled boxer who has only been stopped once in his career and has faced the likes of Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs), Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KOs), and Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 38 KO). Collazo went the full 12 with all three of those fighters and his losses to all three, Mosley, Hatton and Berto were controversial. He can certainly fight, and it will be interesting to see how effective Ortiz will be after a year and a half away from the sport.


I think Golden Boy Promotions set up a nice match here that should raise both fighters’ stock. Victor has the power advantage here and I expect him to come out on top, but a Collazo victory would not be shocking in the least. The against, given his penchant for getting robbed and his relative lack of power, perhaps there is little hope for Collazo actually getting a W even if he deserves it.


If Luis manages to outbox Victor, which I give him a good shot of doing, will he get frustrated like he did when he got schooled by Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs)? Ortiz’ mental toughness has been questioned throughout his career, and it may certainly come into play in this fight.


If Victor does win, I think there are a lot of great fights out there for him. Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO), Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), and Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) are all big money fights at or near his weight class. Rematches with Andre Berto and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) would be great for fans and are winnable for Ortiz. Newly crowned IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) and the heavy-handed Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) are also viable options. Whether you love him or hate him, Victor Ortiz brings even more excitement to an already stacked welterweight division.

Zak Young


  1. I still say Ortiz took a self inflicted dive against Mayweather. Ortiz got hit a lot harder by the likes of Maidana and Berto but couldn’t take a punch by feather fisted Floyd?….Ortiz is a certified head case.

    Rob Hernandez on January 30th, 2014 at 7:05 AM
  2. Ortiz is a good fighter that should turn off all thinking when he enters the ring. Thinking is not his thing. It makes him respond in odd ways. Mostly detrimental to him. When he fights on instinct, just goes in and throws leather…I like his chances. If he goes in with some game plan, other than what his corner reminds him about every round…he will do something stupid and lose.

    Thomas Allred on January 30th, 2014 at 1:51 PM
  3. LoL, Thomas. That’s funny but I think its true. But I think the year and half break will help him when it comes to the way he thinks in the ring, because a fighter cant just follow game plans, this is a punching sport. If your hit, game plans becomes really difficult to implement its all in the head / instincts.

    AlvienD on January 30th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
  4. I hope there’s a recap article of Gary Russell Jr.’s great win over Miguel Tomato!! For those that don’t know, Miguel Tomato only has 8 losses, one of them a ko loss against someone who’s current record is 4wins and 46 losses!

    1200 Techs on January 30th, 2014 at 8:48 PM
  5. Victor may be a head case, but he gets in good entertaining scraps…I don’t remember Colazzo’s lost to Mosley being controversial…the ones against Berto and Hatton were pretty close….who’s on the undercard(s)??

    1200 Techs on January 30th, 2014 at 8:57 PM
  6. Damn….it looks like victor Ortiz’s career is over!!

    1200 Techs on January 30th, 2014 at 9:14 PM
  7. Ortiz is a solid bonehead. The kind of guy that If he stood over someone’s house they would sleep with one eye open. Total weirdo I don’t even think he trusts himself. He needs some serious mental health prescription.

    Bobby on January 31st, 2014 at 1:26 AM
  8. Ortiz is now history as a boxer. I hope now that his boxing career is over he will seek the mental treatment that he badly needs.

    Rob Hernandez on February 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 AM
  9. Not sure if it’s over but the fat lady is in the bathroom gargling and ready to sing! Not sure who’s training him these days, but for sure if he plans to stay in the boxing game his new trainer really needs to put a spark back in his career. Victor also needs to get his act together. Again, not sure what’s going on in his private life but he needs to re-focus. Distractions can/are fatal downfalls in a lot of sports athletes, especially for boxers.

    Not Dundee on February 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 PM
  10. I know one thing, Mayweather sure knows when a fighter is right for the picking. We all knew Ortiz did not deserve a chance to fight Mayweather back then, and now he is about to CON his fans again, by fighting Amir… The dude is asking who he should fight next on his FACEBOOK page?! LMAO Stick a fork in Ortiz, he is done!

    dgrainger on February 3rd, 2014 at 7:15 PM

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