Charges against Victor Ortiz softened as D.A diverts case
Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has had his case diverted to the Pasadena City Prosecutor after felony charges against the fighter-turned actor with rejected by the District Attorney.
The 28 year-old, who has starred in Hollywood movies The Expendables 3 and Southpaw, was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon for an incident at a Kenny Chesney concert which has now been demoted to misdemeanour assault with a deadly weapon.
Celebrity media source TMZ broke the story and have followed it closely since, having stated that ex-Floyd Mayweather opponent Ortiz was accused of kicking a man whilst he was down following an altercation involving him and two other men.
Ortiz recently made a second comeback to the sport following a run of three defeats to Mayweather, Josesito Lopez and Luis Collazo by stopping Manuel Perez in three rounds at the MGM Grand in December.
The Kansas-born boxer had been linked to some higher-profile clashes until the news of his arrest and will hope to get his career back on track once the case dating back to last month has finally been heard.
After turning pro at the tender age of 17, Ortiz won the WBC belt from Andre Berto in a Fight of the Year contender back in 2011 before eventually being halted in four rounds by pound for pound number one Mayweather.