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Victor Ortiz Not Impressed With Andre Berto, Isn't Worried About Steroid Claims

Victor Ortiz isn't quite sure what he wants to say, but it appears he's up for an Andre Berto rematch. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Victor Ortiz isn't quite sure what he wants to say, but it appears he's up for an Andre Berto rematch. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

As a January 28 rematch between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz looking likely, with Berto has vacated his IBF welterweight title in order to pursue the fight, Ortiz shared a couple thoughts with about Berto's last fight, and the claims from Berto that Ortiz used steroids for their bout in April, which Ortiz won via exciting decision on HBO.

As usual, he was in fine Victor Ortiz form.

"He can be on steroids if he wants. I can even buy them for him. Remember I take Flintstone vitamins. That's what he said. I'll stick to my Flintstone vitamins. I like them better anyway."

Actually, he said Ortiz does not take Flintstone vitamins, and insinuated that he was on PEDs of some kind. Here's the original quote (original spelling and all):

Let me clear the air now!! Your right there is a reason why Ortiz had so much energy, a reason he could take my heavy shots and keep ticking ... N there is a reason why he came into the ring 165 pounds. I know people close to him and his camp and I know exactly we he was taking ... it wasn't Flintstone vitamins!! But it is what it is I should of beat him anyways but it wasn't me that night. Ortiz wasn't him either lol

Berto later tried to back off of what he said, but fact is he said it and there's not much confusing his meaning.

In late September, six days after Ortiz lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr, promoter Lou DiBella made clear that he would enforce the same Floyd-style drug testing for a Berto vs Ortiz rematch:

"I would not make the fight without Olympic style drug testing," DiBella said. "Yeah we want the fight, and we’d demand the same drug testing that just happened in the Mayweather fight."

As for Ortiz's opinion of Berto's September 3 win over Jan Zaveck, which gave him the IBF welterweight title, he had this to say:

"I wasn't impressed. He was tailor-made for the belt. But at the end of the day you have to give his props, because he became champion again."

I love Ortiz double-talk. First he says he wasn't impressed, then gets a familiar saying just wrong enough, and then he ends by (I assume) squinting his eyes to make sure you know this is a serious moment, and he gives Berto "his props." Classic Victor.

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