Should Victor Ortiz Retire From Boxing After Quitting Again?
It happened again.
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz once again quit during a boxing match. Back in 2009, Ortiz, who was once groomed as the next big thing in boxing, quit in a fight against Marcos Maidana. That fight saw Ortiz, who carried an eight fight knockout streak, get beatdown by Maidana before quitting in the sixth round. It wasn’t the worst beating an opponent ever saw, but Ortiz quit and was branded as a fighter whose bark was bigger than his bite. That loss would haunt Ortiz for several years before he redeemed himself against Andre Berto in The Ring magazine “Fight of the Year” in 2011. It looked like the worst was behind him, but his headbutt against Floyd Mayweather — which resulted in Ortiz getting knocked out shortly after — again started talk that Ortiz would resort to doing anything it took to get out of a fight when things weren’t going his way.
But his June 23rd bout against Josesito Lopez will likely be remembered as the final blemish that could define his entire career. It was supposed to be a tuneup fight for Ortiz before he entered a sure seven figure payday against Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15. Initially, Ortiz was supposed to have a rematch against Andre Berto, but after Berto tested positive for a PED, the unheralded Lopez stepped up to the plate. Not only was Lopez a huge underdog, he was also smaller than Ortiz.
What was supposed to be a cakewalk turned into a brawl that shocked the boxing world. Lopez, who felt disrespected by the notion that Ortiz had another fight lined up already, came to spoil Ortiz’s future. That’s exactly what he did when he went toe to toe with the heavy hitting Ortiz for nine rounds in a action packed fight. Ortiz landed big shots. Lopez would wobble but throw back just as hard. Apparently, one of those punches by the smaller Lopez fractured Ortiz’ jaw in the fifth round. Then, in the ninth round, Lopez again landed a huge shot that seemed to do a tremendous amount of damage to Ortiz’ jaw.
Instead of coming out for the 10th round, Ortiz quit on the stool. It wasn’t his corner, it was all Victor Ortiz. With blood spilling from his mouth, he walked right past his cornermen and told the referee that he couldn’t continue. Lopez earned the huge victory and Ortiz saw his big fight vanish in a cloud of smoke. Although his jaw was legit broken, one has to wonder if Ortiz is truly built for boxing. When things are going good, Victor is looking great. But when it gets tough inside of the squared circle, Ortiz engages in a bailout plan. That’s not what boxing is all about.
No, I’m not saying he definitely should have continued, but he has to reassess his boxing career and his place in such a brutal sport. When guys like Arturo Gatti, Arthur Abraham and Muhammad Ali can fight with everything but a broken brain, it seems silly for Ortiz to quit. How will this affect how he is remembered? Definitely not for the better and I’m not sure he can do anything to fix his image.
Nobody wants to be remembered as a quitter.