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Ortiz heads to 154 for ‘Canelo’

Phil Jay 11/06/2012

WBC light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez has finally found a replacement for Paul Williams and James Kirkland for his maiden pay-per-view event on September 15th at the MGM Grand as Victor Ortiz will move up from 147lbs to face him in Las Vegas.

The 21 year-old Mexican was forced to find an alternative on two occasions following a tragic motorcycle accident ruled out Paul Williams, who now faces a wheelchair bound future, and James Kirkland pulled out days after agreeing with a shoulder injury.

The left Golden Boy with few options and they have now turned to former WBC welterweight king Ortiz, 25, who will have to come through Josesito Lopez on June 23rd in what could be his final fight at welterweight to finalize the deal with ‘Canelo.’

‘Vicious’ Victor himself had to scout for a new foe after Andre Berto failed a drugs test earlier this year and the Kansas-born fighter now competes in his third world title fight in the fall with the 41-fight unbeaten Alvarez on Showtime’s ‘Knockout Kings’ event.