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Alfonso Gomez rumored as opponent for Victor Ortiz comeback

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If the rumors are true, veteran battler Alfonso Gomez will be the opponent for Victor Ortiz as Ortiz makes his return to the ring in early September, for his first fight since June 2012, when Josesito Lopez broke his jaw and scored one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO) hasn't won a fight since beating Andre Berto in April 2011, losing that September to Floyd Mayweather in infamous fashion, and then having his face busted in an all-out war with Lopez last year. The loss to Lopez cost him a big opportunity against Canelo Alvarez, and he's taken his time away from the sport as a chance to do things like "Dancing with the Stars" and "Facelube," and generally just Ortizing all over the place.

Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KO) hasn't fought since July 2012, when he gave Shawn Porter a solid fight on Showtime. Prior to that, he lost to Canelo Alvarez in September 2011, and he's been pretty inactive, really, since beating Jose Luis Castillo on the Pacquiao-Clottey card in March 2010. Gomez is probably still best-known for his participation in the 2004 reality series "The Contender," but he's a tough, capable fighter who would be a pretty solid return opponent for Ortiz, who will be looking to work out the kinks. If Victor isn't totally there, Gomez could be dangerous.

The Desert Sun tweeted earlier that Julio Diaz was discussed as an opponent for Ortiz, but Victor passed on that idea.

The card may also feature Josesito Lopez, who was stopped by Marcos Maidana on June 8, as well as Rafael Marquez, who just signed with Golden Boy. There is a chance this will all be thrown together with a Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola fight, too. We'll see, but that's all being worked on by Richard Schaefer, reportedly.

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