After years and years of media back-and-forth and a well-known grudge between the two, Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios look like they’re finally going to meet on August 4, when Premier Boxing Champions has a card on FOX from either California’s StubHub Center or somewhere in Texas.
Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KO) and Rios (34-4-1, 25 KO) are both past their best days, but there’s still a lot of drama potential with this fight, as there is with more or less any fight involving either of them.
The 31-year-old Ortiz is coming off of a disputed draw with Devon Alexander, a fight many felt Alexander won, on February 17. That was his first notable fight since his 2016 rematch loss to Andre Berto, which was his first notable fight since a 2014 loss to Luis Collazo.
Ortiz has really never recovered from his biggest fight, a controversial KO loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2011. After that, he had his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez, and he’s only beaten marginal opposition since, going 3-4-1 in his last eight bouts.
Rios, 32, was knocked out by Danny Garcia on February 17, his first serious opponent since a 2015 loss to Tim Bradley. The former lightweight titleholder is 5-3 in his last eight, dating back to 2012.