Andre Berto vs Victor Ortiz 2?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (30-5-2, 23KOs) is excited about the prospect of facing rival Andre Berto (30-3, 23KOs) again.
In 2011, when both fighters were two of boxing's hottest new stars, they faced off on HBO and Ortiz won a thrilling 'Fight of The Year' candidate.
Victor not only handed Berto his first career defeat that evening, he went on to face fight icon Floyd Mayweather Jr later that year and eventually became a mainstream celebrity of sorts.
However, after being knocked out by Floyd in September 2011, Ortiz's boxing career would spiral downward as underwear and cologne endorsements outside the ring were more plentiful than victories inside it.
And rival Andre Berto's stock has also plummeted immensely since 2011. Once considered by many as boxing's best prospect, Berto's fall from pugilistic grace has mimicked Victor's, sans the endorsements of course.
In 2012, while both men were still powerbrokers in the sport, a rematch had been scheduled but was subsequently canceled after Berto tested positive for a banned substance in a pre-fight drug test. And while Berto was later cleared of any intentional wrongdoing by VADA [Voluntary Anti Drug Association], the rematch was never rescheduled and both fighters went their separate ways.
Since their epic showdown four years ago, the 31 year old Berto is a mere 3-2 while Ortiz, now 28, is 1-3. However, both were victorious in recent outings and are determined to restore their respective previous identifies as elite-level world champions.
Shortly after Berto defeated Josesito Lopez on SPIKE TV Friday night, Ortiz messaged via the social networks, "Can't wait to beat that a** again!!!!."
Should this rematch materialize, it will be a 'make or break' affair for both fighters. The winner's stock will nudge upward and he will continue on his quest for redemption while loser will be forced to seriously re-evaluate his career.