Boxing

Victor Ortiz Rematch with Marcos Maidana Could Be Possible Down the Line

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18:  Boxer Victor Ortiz (R) and his sparring partner Karl Dargan arrive at a post-fight party at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino early on September 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz lost the WBC welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by fourth-round knockout on September 17.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Studio 54)
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Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2012

Victor Ortiz was supposed to fight against Andre Berto in a rematch to a fight where both men kissed the canvas. It was a high-octane fight with non-stop action and considered by many to be the Fight of the Year.

The fight was originally supposed to happen back in February, but suffered a minor setback when Andre Berto suffered a bicep injury and had to postpone the fight. With the new date set to June, everything seemed to be in order, but another setback happened just days ago that pretty much scrapped the rematch.

Andre Berto tested positive yesterday for a banned substance called Nandrolone and now the rematch between Ortiz and Berto is most likely off. This is coming only a week after Lamont Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

With that in mind, Ortiz is now free to go around and search for a new opponent. Because of Berto and his postponements, he has had almost a year of inactivity.

A matchup with Ortiz and Amir Khan would be ideal. Khan wants to fight against Mayweather later this year and taking on Ortiz will show how well Ortiz can hang with the top welterweights. Khan needs to establish himself first and Ortiz is the best available option.

That might not seem possible because there's no way Golden Boy will rush Khan into the welterweight class. Khan seems to be focused on Erik Morales or Devon Alexander right now. 

According to boxingscene.com, Marcos Maidana is willing to face Ortiz again if a new date could be set up so he can have time to prepare. That would be fantastic because Ortiz would finally put his mind at ease for his past performance and the criticism of quitting years ago.

This fight would be filled with fireworks because both men are hard-hitting and relentless. This would undoubtedly end in another KO and a possible Fight of the Year candidate.

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