By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.”
“My back was sore and my coach (David Janik) gave me the day (Thursday) off. I didn’t let HBO (there filming for their acclaimed ’24/7′ series) know what was going on. I was disappointed with the day off, but I agree with it. I trust my coaches with whatever they tell me, in or out of the ring.”
Ortiz sparred for 10 rounds on Saturday, going up against former world title holder Steve Forbes and Tony Flores. Forbes was very impressed with Ortiz and commends him on his training regimen.
“He’s looking real sharp,” said Forbes, who has been in camp with Ortiz for two weeks and will remain with them until the week of the fight. “He’s handl ing the pressure in the gym and he’s mentally ready for the fight. He’s beyond years with experience.”
Rolando Arellano, Ortiz’s manager, thinks that all of the recent publicity on Ortiz is much ado about nothing and is happy to clarify the situation.
“Sometimes trainers push fighters and fighters give it their all in the ring. Fighters get sore and swell up and that is where trainers come in and monitor the exertion of their fighter. Victor took a day off and got a massage.
“Rest is important, allowing the body to recover. Victor is the type of guy that when he’s on, he could go forever.”
Whether Ortiz were to have suffered an injury during training camp or not, Arellano wants to make it clear that nothing of that nature would slow him down. “I want Mayweather to know that Victor will be in that ring with a broken leg and two broken arms. That’s how bad he wants this fight. Floyd is not getting out of this.”