"Vicious" Victor Ortiz is ready to make his comeback after a year out of action since breaking his wrist on a knockout blow delivered to Manuel Perez last December. Primed for his return, where Ortiz will be taking on Gilberto Sanchez Leon at the AT&T Center in San Antonio this Saturday, El Broham chats it up with Brian Campbell of ESPN to talk about where he's at. Here are a couple of highlights of the conversation...
When asked if the year layoff recharged his mental batteries, Ortiz responded:
"You know what? Maybe. Possibly. I just think that it depends on the fighter and the person. I always have had a goal to be something significant in boxing and I'm not there yet. People have counted me out. And if that's you than good for you. I'm that Tom Brady that nobody wants to see succeed in boxing. That's how it goes."
Let me be the first to say this: Victor Ortiz and the greatest living American, Tom Brady, should never, ever, be mentioned in the same sentence. Period!
Speaking on his critics, Ortiz said:
"You know what? I stay away from all of the media and social stuff that goes on about me because they don't know me. No one knows me but myself. I am my own worst critic. I am my own worst enemy. I am my own worst person. If I sit there and I listen to people, the negativity and how ignorant some people can be, why do I need to waste my time on that? I'm just going to go with the flow in my life and live it how I want to live it, when I want to live it and do what I want and how I please..."
Ortiz also goes on to say it's just a matter of time before he's right back up in the standings with boxing's elite, believes Andre Berto doesn't want any parts of a rematch with him (although he's up for it), expects to be "super active" in 2016, and his ultimate goal in the sport of boxing:
"I want to be one of the greatest. Muhammad Ali."
Ortiz is an entertainer if nothing else...