Veteran boxer and former titleholder Steve "2 Pound" Forbes has ripped into Victor Ortiz, who quit during a sixth round fight against Marcos Maidana last night in Los Angeles. Forbes posted scathing thoughts on his Facebook page after the bout.
"Did Victor Ortiz just quit? or is my mind playing tricks? I'm sure I saw before the Doc stepped in that he shook his head no."
Then Forbes added another comment, invoking the name of another heavily criticized Golden Boy and Finkel client, Robert Guerrero. Fittingly, Guerrero is another GBP fighter who ran away from his previous promoter (Dan Goossen).
"Steve Forbes is wondering will people hold Ortiz to the same standard as Robert Guerrero? people grilled him after saying he couldn't go on, or will people say he's young?
I hope nobody's defending that, if so you shouldn't be a boxing fan."
Then came this Forbes penned entry:
"Ortiz did quit I just watched it again W.T.F hype jobs are destroying boxing this shiznit is disgusting. Lose on your shield."
Ortiz had better get used to hearing this stuff, honestly. It might not be nice, but folks are being honest. Boxing is a sport with participants that are tough cats, and fans that expect to see guys leave it all in the ring. It's a one-on-one, violent, "manly" sort of thing; no fighters are more verbally berated by fans than those that don't "man up" in big spots, and Ortiz did anything but.
Anyway, if Forbes is still wondering whether or not this would get the same guff that Guerrero did, he should be resting easy. It's much, much worse already.