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Friday, September 2, 2011

Struggles in life brought Ortiz on top

All of his life, Victor Ortiz has fought the big fights - most of them outside of the boxing ring - and he won almost all of them. He is the second of three children of Mexican parents who went to Garden City, Kansas where a large number of about 27,000 Mexicans live today.

Victor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 17 in Las Vegas and many of his neighbors are expected to fly with him and support when he defends his WBC Welterweight Belt in the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight.

Victor was just seven years old when his mother left the family. When he was thirteen, his father also left them because of alcohol addiction.

Ortiz, now 24 years old, will fight the veteran 34-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr who is still undefeated after 41 fights. He is expected to be all out in the first few rounds of their fight because he has the age the physical advantages.

Recently, Victor Ortiz met his mother. And without any doubts he accepted her back just like a real mother and never blamed her for anything.

"I met my mom about seven months ago, and the lady, she's doing well," said Ortiz. "I think that I maybe gave her a year's worth of her life back into her. You know, she seems like a sweetheart. I don't know her personally, you know, or anything, but from what I saw, you know, I forgave her for everything."

"She asked me to forgive her and don't ever hold anything against her. She never really had to tell me that. I decided that I would do that before meeting her, I guess. I'm happy for her. I'm happy that she's married, and happy, and that she has her own family going on, you know?"

Young Victor Ortiz is boxing's newest star. He fought and won against previously undefeated Andre Berto in April this year and got the WBC Welterweight Belt. He is on the verge of making his first title defense in the biggest fight of his young career.

Victor has fought the big fights outside the ring. It is more painful than any punches he has ever captivated from all of his opponents. When he was a child, his father took him to the local gym to learn boxing after two other children hectored him. He and his younger brother, Temo, left Garden City and his 16-year-old pregnant sister to live on their own for over a year.

Neighborhood trainer Ignacio Avila trained Ortiz. He earned a Kansas Golden Gloves championship. When "Bukcy" died, Ortiz and Temo were placed into the hands of foster parents John and Sharon Ford, who facilitated Ortiz suppress increasing anger issues. At the age of 15, Victor, with Temo, moved in with their 18-year-old sister, who gained safekeeping of them while living in Denver.

Victor Ortiz met Robert Garcia in the 2003 Junior Olympic Nationals. Robert guided him through a triumphant amateur boxing career and into the professional career. Because of issues in the camp, Danny Garcia replaced Robert, his younger brother, as Victor's coach.

On September 17, in the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight, Victor will fight a big fight but not as big as what he fought when he was still young.

Good luck to Floyd and Ortiz and may you give the boxing fans one entertaining night of boxing. Episode 2 24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz will be tomorrow, September 3. Episode 3 24/7 will be on September 10 while Episode 4 24/7 will be on September 16.