[TOP STORY] Where are those who said Mosley is garbage and Berto is the man for Pacquiao?
It was definitely a Happy Easter for newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22KOs). After putting forth the performance of his life in defeating Andre Berto (27-1, 21KOs) last week, Ortiz’s career is experiencing a resurrection of sorts.
The win over Berto silenced many of his critics that have hounded him since his fateful loss to Marcos Maidana back in June of 2009. Questioned for his chin and branded a quitter after his comments during the post-fight press conference of that fight, Ortiz fought like a man possessed against Berto and proved his heart after bouncing back from two knockdowns and dominate majority of the fight.
Once touted as Oscar Dela Hoya’s heir apparent, Ortiz is back in the mix amongst the sport’s biggest names after redeeming himself during the past couple of years. And in case people are wondering, the 24-year-old Danny Garcia pupil says he is ready for the best. “You know what next, ironically, he’s my boy, Manny… or you know, Mayweather- Floyd, great guy as well,” Ortiz told Elie Seckbach of ESNEWSReporting.com when asked who he wanted to fight next. “I’m in the weight class now (147), and I’m in there with the greats, so whoever gives me a shot,’ Ortiz added.
Berto’s promoter Lou Di Bella is confident, however, that his ward will get a chance at avenging his loss. According to boxingscene.com, DiBella expects a rematch to happen between Berto and Ortiz “I think these guys could never make a bad fight. I think if Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto fight […] I don’t care how many times, it’s always going to be a great fight. Victor earned his title and Berto proved what kind of lion he is, what kind of heart he has. Berto will fight Ortiz again. I don’t know if it’s going to be the next fight. They will fight again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they fight other people first. We’re going to wait and see” DiBella told BoxingScene.com’s Bill Emes.
A rematch with Maidana, or even a clash with either Timothy Bradley or Amir Khan are just some of the other options available for Ortiz, who all of a sudden finds himself back on top of boxing’s food chain.
Check out Ortiz’s interview with ESNEWSReporting.com by clicking this link.
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