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Victor Ortiz pleads not guilty to assault charge

Victor Ortiz has entered a not guilty plea in his assault and battery case.

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

Victor Ortiz, who was recently charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after an incident at a Kenny Chesney concert, has pled not guilty, according to TMZ. Ortiz is charged alongside his brother, and is due back in court next month.

The 28-year-old Ortiz has lost three of his last four fights and has fought just twice since 2012, as his boxing career floundered following his infamous 2011 "sucker punch" knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather. In 2014, he was shockingly stopped in two rounds by veteran Luis Collazo in January, then returned in December to beat club fighter Manuel Perez via third round TKO.

Now 30-5-2 (23 KO), Ortiz is looking as though he'll go all of 2015 without fighting, raising the question of whether or not he's really involved with the sport at this point, at least as an active competitor. His last notable win came in April 2011, when he beat Andre Berto in a Fight of the Year-type bout on HBO.

Over the last three years, Ortiz has branched out, including a stint on "Dancing with the Stars," roles in the movies Southpaw and The Expendables 3, and Facelube.

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