Victor Ortiz


“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (born January 31, 1987) is a professional boxer and film actor. He is also a former WBC Welterweight Champion.

Born and raised in Garden City, Kansas, and he the third of four children of Mexican parents. When he was seven years old  he began boxing to fill he void of a broken family. His mother had left the family, and his father became an alcoholic.

Ortiz’ father also abandoned the family five years after their mother left, which forced Ortiz and his five siblings into the Kansas foster care system. Victor was twelve years old at the time. Once his older sister become a legal adult in 2002 she moved to Denver, taking Victor and his younger brother with her.

While training at a Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center, he was noticed by former heavyweight boxing contender Ron Lyle, who had become a supervisor at the center. In 2003, at the age of 16, Lyle guided Ortiz to a Junior Olympics tournament. He won the 132-pound weight division with a perfect 5-0 record. It was at this time that he was noticed by another former boxer, Roberto Garcia, who had held the IBF Super Featherweight Championship in the 90’s.]

Garcia offered to train Ortiz, who accepted and moved from Colorado to California, where he began training at Oxnard’s famous La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. Garcia later became Ortiz’s legal guardian.

In 2003 at age 16, Ortiz won the 2003 Police Athletic League national championships in Toledo, then at seventeen, Ortiz reached the United States Olympic boxing trials in the 132-pound weight class, where he was eliminated in the champion’s bracket semifinals.

Ortiz turned professional later in 2004 while still only seventeen years of age. In 2005 when Victor turned 18, he gained custody of his younger brother.

Ortiz still fights today.

Taken in part from Wikipedia