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31 January 1987
Garden City, Kansas, USA
Light Welterweight (140lbs) -Welterweight (147lbs)
5’ 9” / 175 cm
70″ / 178 cm
• WBC Welterweight World Champion
• Short Powerful Right Hooks and Uppercuts
Victor Ortiz is a strong and aggressive fighter with power in both hands. Although he has good speed, punching power and physical strength, Ortiz lacks any outstanding qualities. His best weapon is his right hand when he gets on the inside and throws short and accurate hook and uppercut combinations to the head.
A successful amateur boxing career followed by capturing the USBA & NABO titles made Ortiz the 2008 ESPN Prospect of the Year. An upset loss to Marcos Maidana damaged Ortiz’ reputation but he mended it when he beat Andre Berto to become the WBC Welterweight World Champion.
Subsequent losses has further hurt Ortiz’s career but nonetheless, he remains a fan friendly and entertaining fighter.
• Trains 3 times a day for 7 days a week during training camp. In between fights he keeps in shape by following the same training regimen minus sparring.
• Performs many outdoor activities to maintain his athleticism including road biking, mountain biking, surfing, skateboarding, swimming and triathlons.
• When doing pad work and shadow boxing, Ortiz would often jab upwards, reaching high. This can be attributed to the conditioning of his right side and getting used to fighting against taller opponents.
Victor Ortiz’ physical strength is noticeable just by looking at the width of his back. This is usually used to his advantage by adopting a style that allows him to bully his opponents around the ring.
Unfortunately, this can and has backfired on him before. Nonetheless, due to Ortiz’ speed and punching power combined, his style is effective against many fighters who either cannot match him for the same qualities, or isn’t skilled enough to outbox him.