Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is going to be trying to rebuild the career of his fighter former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO’s) in 2014. Ortiz, 26, hasn’t fought since his loss to Josesito Lopez in June of 2012, and he’s lost his last two fights with one of them being at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. That’s who Ortiz wants to fight again if possible, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work by him and Golden Boy for that rematch to take place.
“There’s a lot of 140lb and 147lb match-ups we’re working on for this year and Ortiz-Collazo falls within that talented weight class. He wants to get back on the road and fight Floyd Mayweather again but he can’t look past Luis Collazo.”
Ortiz faces Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KO’s) on January 30th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is a must-win for Ortiz. He cannot afford to lose this fight if he expects Golden Boy to be able to do anything with him. Ortiz was supposed to win his last fight against Josesito Lopez, but he ended up quitting after the 9th round due to a broken jaw he suffered in the fight. But losing to Collazo will give a good hint that it’s over for Ortiz.
If Ortiz can’t beat this class of an opponent then it’s probably a good idea for Ortiz to look for another line of work. A loss to Collazo will ruin Ortiz’s chances, such as they are, for a rematch against Mayweather. There’s no way that Golden Boy could set up a rematch between Ortiz and Mayweather if he loses to Collazo.
I’m sure that last person Mayweather is thinking of fighting right now is Ortiz after the way he beat him in 2011. Mayweather stopped Ortiz in the 4th round after Ortiz dropped his guard to try and hug him to tell him he was sorry for head-butting him moments earlier in the round. Mayweather decided to give Ortiz a piece of his own medicine fighting dirty, and the results were obvious. Mayweather really wasn’t fighting dirty, because the action had been allowed to resume by the referee Joe Cortez.