Garcia Says Trust Is Gone, Parts Ways with Victor Ortiz

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Garcia Says Trust Is Gone, Parts Ways with Victor Ortiz
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On Sunday morning I caught up with Ventura, California-based trainer Danny Garcia, who revealed to me that he is no longer working with his former star fighter, Victor Ortiz. The news comes on the heels of Ortiz’s dramatic loss to Josesito Lopez last month in Los Angeles, a fight that Ortiz was winning but one that he would elect not to continue in following the ninth round because of a broken jaw he had suffered. There apparently was some confusion that took place in the corner on that night inside of Staples Center, as Ortiz told Garcia that he had a broken jaw in the fifth while questioning whether he should continue. Garcia, fully believing that his man was on his way towards victory, talked Ortiz into giving him two more rounds and would make the same plea in seventh. Ortiz would take all he could handle before making the decision to call things off and it was later revealed that his injury was so severe that he had to have a metal plate with screw inserted into his jaw and will likely be off for about six months.

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