Ortiz stars in new movie ahead of November return, eyes Berto rematch

Phil Jay 19/09/2014

Former world champion-turned movie star Victor Ortiz has another role in the can as the American switches his attention back to his boxing career following an eight month absence.

A role in the boxing film ‘Southpaw’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent is now in post-production on the back of Ortiz completing an impressive screen debut in The Expendables III. Having put his ring stint on hold for the second time in three years, Ortiz is now set to lace up the gloves again and is already in training with trainer Joel Diaz and has a 37th pro bout in sight.

The 27 year-old made an unsuccessful comeback from back-to-back losses in January 2014 when losing badly to Luis Collazo and is currently eyeing a return in early November. 

In total, Ortiz has lost three in a row when adding defeats to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011 and Josesito Lopez in 2012 and hasn’t record a victory since an entertaining April 2011 triumph over Andre Berto.

Rumours are already rife that Ortiz and old rival Berto could meet again as a scheduled rematch between the two has already been postponed once in the past, although the one-time WBC welterweight title holder is likely to engage in a warm-up contest first.

Ortiz has stated via social media that his is interested in a second clash with Berto, who recently got back to winning ways himself after a poor run, and there may be a possibility that the pair could share a bill before colliding again in early 2015.

Berto, 31, put to bed two straight losses of his own when out-pointing Steve Upsher over ten rounds in September, but looking at thier careers it seems that their Fight of the Year contender in 2011 has had an adverse effect on them both..

Fighting at Foxwoods in Connecticut, the two warriors shared the most amazing first six rounds in a see-saw battle until the fight peated out in the second half and Ortiz ultimately gained a unanimous decision.

Putting them back in the ring seems to be a no-brainer for Golden Boy to reignite interest in Ortiz and Berto’s fading reputations, and if they can put on a show anything like the first one, the winner could then be thrust towards another potential world title shot.

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