Nevada License in Question for Victor Ortiz, Rematch with Andre Berto at Risk

Briggs Seekins@BriggsfighttalkFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Victor Ortiz hits the canvas after being knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the fourth round of their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images is reporting that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is threatening to deny welterweight Victor Ortiz's license for his scheduled February 11 rematch with Andre Berto.

The holdup is a result of Ortiz's recent interview with Maxboxing in which he admitted that he had tried to break Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s nose with a deliberate headbutt during his fourth-round KO loss to Mayweather during their September 17 showdown in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. quotes an email correspondence from NSAC executive director Keith Kizer:

"Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman, Skip Avansino, has put Mr. Victor Ortiz's application for a 2012 professional boxer's license on for hearing before the Commission," stated Kizer.

"The hearing will probably take place on January 11th, and is the result of Mr. Ortiz's conduct in the ring in Nevada on September 17, 2011, and issues related thereto."

Ortiz vs. Berto II is among the year's most highly anticipated bouts; their 2011 matchup will be at or near the top of every "Fight of the Year" list boxing fans will read during the next week or so.

I have a hard time believing the NSAC will actually put the breaks on a fight like this, but the sensationalistic aspect of Ortiz's comments have forced them to take some sort of disciplinary review action. It is bad PR to have high-profile prizefighters bragging about their attempts to viciously foul opponents.