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Not very long ago, Victor Ortiz seemed set to become one of the biggest stars in the sport. In April of 2011 he captured Andre Berto's WBC welterweight title in a Fight-of-the-Year effort. By late summer, Ortiz was starring on HBO's 24/7 reality program, preparing to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on pay-per-view.
Since then, things have gone downhill. People can hate on Mayweather all they want for the manner in which he knocked out Ortiz, but there can be no denying that Ortiz abandoned the fundamental rule of the ring: Protect yourself at all times.
The entire episode revealed Ortiz's basic weakness as a prizefighter—that he is prone to becoming flustered. He became frustrated by Mayweather's shell game on the ropes, and he responded with a flying headbutt—a flagrant foul.
Then he turned around and tried to hug Mayweather after the ref had ruled time in, leaving himself wide open to get clocked.
That was the part to me which most clearly demonstrated Ortiz's lack of maturity as a fighter. If you are going to be that guy who throws a dirty head butt to fill his opponent's mouth with blood, then okay, be that guy. But don't be that guy and then become immediately remorseful and try to hug and make up.
In 2012 Ortiz had everything set up to come back strong. Then in July he got his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez, a replacement fighter for Andre Berto, who had failed a PED test.
Ortiz was up on the cards over Lopez, and his corner seemed to want him to continue when he quit in the corner after Round 9.
I don't actually fault Ortiz for making a good choice for his safety, but I also think he was going to lose the fight anyway. Momentum was shifting towards Lopez, who made up for the fact that Ortiz was the bigger, better athlete by being the smarter, tougher fighter.
After the fight, Ortiz split with his longtime trainer, Danny Garcia.
I think Ortiz will get a rematch with Lopez in 2013. I do not think he will win it.