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Carlos Molina vs Victor Ortiz off of 12/14 PPV; Ortiz vs Shane Mosley possible?

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Victor Ortiz won't be facing IBF junior middleweight titlist Carlos Molina on December 14, but it sounds like he'll still be on that Showtime PPV card. Will Shane Mosley be his opponent?

Ethan Miller

Victor Ortiz will be making his long-awaited return to the ring on December 14 as part of the Broner-Maidana Showtime pay-per-view event from Las Vegas, but he won't be facing Carlos Molina, as the IBF has declined to sanction that bout for Molina's 154-pound title.

So with the original plan scrapped, it now appears that Shane Mosley could step in to face Ortiz, according to BoxingScene.com. Ortiz-Mosley was discussed a bit earlier this year, but Mosley chose instead to go to Australia for a fight with Anthony Mundine. That fight fell through yesterday, when the promoters did not pony up the $700,000 owed to Mosley, who subsequently left Australia and canceled tomorrow's fight.

Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KO) is certainly past his prime, but the 42-year-old ex-champ put on a good fight earlier this year in Mexico against Pablo Cesar Cano, winning for the first time since January 2009. While I don't think there's really any question that he's a physically shot fighter, there is still a role in the sport for him if he's fit enough to pass medical exams and all that, and a fight with Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO) would be in the wheelhouse for that position. I'm not saying it's a good spot to be in, but it's not unfamiliar territory in the fight game.

The comebacking Ortiz, 26, hasn't fought since June 2012, when he had his jaw broken in a shocking upset loss to Josesito Lopez.