It’s been a rough two-plus years for Victor Ortiz.
First, the talented welterweight misses out on a chance for a rematch against Andre Berto because Berto tested positive or a banned substance.
Ortiz then loses two straight fights, one to Floyd Mayweather in controversial fashion and then to Josesito Lopez. Ortiz’s corner threw in the towel at the beginning of the 10th round because of a broken jaw.
Losing to Lopez cost Ortiz a shot at Canelo Alvarez. It also bought on a load of criticism.
“Everybody’s counting me out, saying things about me. Just keep on saying it,” Ortiz said. “It is what it is. I write my own book, I make my own decisions. I do what I want when I want.”
Ortiz (29-4-2) will get a chance to get back on the horse when he takes on Luis Collazo on Jan. 30 at Barclays Center. It’s a fight the native of Garden City, Kansas City needs to win.
Said Ortiz: “I know Collazo is hungry. It’s a make-it-or-break-it fight for him and for myself. We both want thing, to come out on top…I don’t think he realizes what he’s in for.”
Fighting in New York City on the Thursday before the Super Bowl is a chance Ortiz said he is not going to miss out on. He's also convinced it won't be long before he retains his WBC belt.
Said Ortiz: "I never left the mentality of being a world champion. I’m world champion in my mind. I don’t know what everyone else is thinking. That’s their problem."