Local Boxing Notebook: Ortiz will have to convince commission to get license By Francisco Salazar
Welterweights Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto are eager to square off again on Feb. 11 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
So are fight fans who anticipate another stellar and competitive bout after their first fight in April, a bout that Ortiz won by unanimous decision to become the WBC welterweight world champion.
However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission might prevent the rematch from happening if Ortiz does not justify his actions in his most recent bout against Floyd Mayweather.
According to Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Ortiz must explain in an upcoming meeting why he intentionally butted Mayweather with his head at the end of the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round bout in September.
In a recent interview that has appeared on YouTube, Ortiz said he intentionally used his head in an attempt to break Mayweather's nose.
The interview took place at a news conference to promote his fight against Berto and was recorded by maxboxing.com.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday at the commission office in Las Vegas.
After he was deducted a point by referee Joe Cortez for the head butt, Mayweather knocked Ortiz out with a combination to the head. Ortiz claimed he never heard Cortez say "time in" and that he had his hands down, leaving himself vulnerable to Mayweather's controversial combo.
"We want Mr. Ortiz to explain himself with regards to his actions of September 17," said Kizer, who clarified that Ortiz has yet to be given a license by the commission. "There are indications that he would do it again. It is actually a part of our afternoon agenda on the 11. There will be five commissioners who will decide whether Ortiz will be given a license or not based on explanations."
Raymond "Skip" Avansino Jr. is the chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Golden Boy Promotions, who promotes Ortiz, will likely await the outcome of the commission to decide whether to postpone the fight or to move the fight to a different city if Ortiz is denied a license.
Davis beats Lopez in 'Friday night' opener
Super middleweight contender Dyah Ali Davis, who recently trained in Oxnard, won a one-sided, 10-round unanimous decision over Alfonso Lopez on Friday night.
The bout, which took place at the outdoor Mallory Square in Key West, Fla., was the main event of the opening telecast of the ESPN2's"Friday Night Fights" for 2012.
Davis, who sparred in September against middleweight linear champion and Oxnard resident Sergio Martinez, was declared the winner by scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91. He is unbeaten in his last four bouts.
With the victory, Davis improves to 21-2-1, with 9 KOs. Lopez, from Cut and Shoot, Texas, falls to 22-2, with 17 KOs.
Davis, from Coconut Creek, Fla., is ranked in the top 10 of two sanctioning bodies.
3 Oxnard boxers fight on Jan. 20
Lightweight Javier Garcia, along with two unbeaten boxers from Oxnard, will fight in separate bouts on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.
Garcia, who is the nephew of former world champion Robert Garcia, will take on Juan Suazo (8-5-3, 5 KOs) in a scheduled six-round bout. Garcia (7-2-1, 6 KOs) has won his last four bouts.
Super bantamweight and 2010 Oxnard High graduate Erik Ruiz (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Jessie Adame (2-7-1) in a scheduled four-round bout. Super featherweight Oscar Diaz (2-0) will take on Pomona's Oscar Santana (1-1) in a scheduled four-round bout.
In the main event, hard-hitting light heavyweights Anatoliy Dudchenko (13-2, 9 KOs) and Alex Armenta (8-2, 6 KOs) will square off in an eight-round bout.
Tickets to the Bash Boxing/Art of Boxing Promotions card can be purchased by calling 626-388-8888.