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5 Possible Foes for Victor Ortiz After Berto Pulls out of Fight

Mick AkersAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2012

5 Possible Foes for Victor Ortiz After Berto Pulls out of Fight

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    Now that the rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto is off due to Berto tearing biceps, Ortiz will have to look for his next formidable foe.

    With a decent amount of fighters Ortiz can face while he waits for Berto to heal, there should be no problem finding his next opponent.

    Here are the five best choices for Ortiz's next fight now that his rematch with Berto is postponed.

1. Amir Khan

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    Like Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan is an up-and-coming superstar boxer in the making who suffered a loss in his last fight.

    Pitting the two young, hungry fighters against each other would no doubt be an action-packed fight, with the winner moving on to bigger and better fights in the future.

    The two fighters aren't afraid to mix it up in the ring, so the possibility of a knockout winner in this fight is quite high.

    With Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) looking to land a fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao in the future, a win over Ortiz would be a giant stepping stone in that direction.

2. Marcos Maidana

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    Marcos Maidana is a junior welterweight fighter that already owns a win over Victor Ortiz, so avenging one of his two losses could be a factor in choosing Maidana for his next bout.

    Ortiz put Maidana in the canvas a few times early on in their 2009 fight, so Ortiz knows that he can beat him. Just putting the full package together in a rematch could give his confidence a huge boost.

    This fight would depend on if Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) is successful in his fight with another possible match for Ortiz—Devon Alexander on the 25th of this month.

3. Devon Alexander

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    As mentioned in the previous slide, the winner of the Devon Alexander-Marcos Maidana fight later this month would become a front-runner for Victor Ortiz's next possible opponent.

    Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs) would have an unblemished record if it weren't for undefeated, pound-for-pound great Timothy Bradley.

    Alexander is a highly skilled boxer who opts for pin-point accuracy and counter punching to win fights as opposed to Ortiz's aggressive style, which would make for a very interesting fight, as both fighters try to push their style onto the fight.

4. Lamont Peterson

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    Lamont Peterson, high off his win over Amir Khan this past December, would make for a great fight for Victor Ortiz, as the two fighters have unfinished business to settle.

    Ortiz and Peterson (30-1, 15 KOs) fought to a draw in their December 2010 fight, and now that Peterson has created a great amount of buzz off his controversial victory over Amir Khan, the fight would be a great draw.

    Taking on Peterson would mean meeting at a catch weight, or having Peterson stepping up to welterweight, which could be a major hangup in getting this fight put together.

5. Manny Pacquiao

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    Though the biggest long shot out of all the fights mentioned in this list, a Manny Pacquiao-Victor Ortiz fight would be an entertaining fight that could draw a big audience.

    We all know Ortiz took on Floyd Mayweather last fall, in a bout that ended in a controversial knockout, but Ortiz and Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) would not be short in the action department, as both fighters look to mix it up as much as possible in the ring.

    Pacquiao has been rumored to fight Timothy Bradley on his June 9th fight date, but since nothing is set in stone, we cannot rule out a possible Ortiz-Pacquiao showdown.

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