IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Yoked with consecutive defeats, Ortiz, 29-4-2 (22), exhibited little of the behavior we expect of serious men in a serious profession. He did not hole up like Goodhue Coldfield and he did not repeat the usual boxing platitudes. Instead, Ortiz spent his hiatus—one necessitated by the severity of his fractured jaw—like a resurrected child star. He cut rugs on Dancing with the Stars, launched a line of skincare products enticingly titled “VO by Facelube,” shot a commercial that belongs in a time capsule, released VO cologne, and filmed scenes for the upcoming action flick, The Expendables 3. In short, Ortiz, the loser, the quitter, the laughing stock, managed to parlay his cultural currency into a level of crossover success most boxers rarely achieve.”

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

“The carts brought the horses before us last week, when Golden Boy Promotions announced that Victor Ortiz will be vacating the welterweight division to test his mettle against crimson sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th. This fight, slated for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is contingent on Ortiz defeating Josesito Lopez tomorrow night.”

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