RISING BOXER FINDS HOME IN OXNARD.Byline: ROBERT MORALES Boxing
Amid the joy of winning the 132-pound title at last June's Junior Olympic National Championships came sorrow for Victor Ortiz Vixtor Ortíz (b. 1987,January 31 in Liberal, Kansas ) is a US-American boxer touted as a 140/147lbs prospect. Amateur
Ortíz is a righthander who nevertheless chooses to fight from a southpaw stance."I’m naturally righthanded. Everything I do is righthanded. .
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See : Faithlessness
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. , had been evicted from her apartment in Denver, Colo. Since he had been living with her for about five months, Ortiz suddenly had nowhere to go.
Fortunately, he had met former world champion Robert Garcia This is about the SNK character. For the politician from New York, see Robert Garcia (politician)
Robert Garcia is a character in the King of Fighters video game series. of Oxnard and his father, Eduardo, at the week-long Junior Olympic tournament, held in Alexandria, La.
What a break for a young man with such a difficult childhood. The Garcias not only arranged for Ortiz to come live with them, they have become his trainers. They're not doing a bad job, either.
Last September, wheh he was 16, Ortiz won the National Police Athletic League The Police Athletic League (PAL) is an organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. Championships at 132 pounds. Thus, he qualified for the Olympic Trials scheduled for next Monday through Saturday in Tunica tunica /tu·ni·ca/ (too´ni-kah) pl. tu´nicae [L.] a tunic; in anatomy, a general term for a membrane or other structure covering or lining a body part or organ. , Miss.
Fernando Vargas' Ferocious Foundation for Kids is sponsoring Ortiz. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Vargas' co-manager, Rolando Arellano, Ortiz will be the youngest boxer ever to compete in the Olympic Trials. Ortiz turned 17 on Jan. 31.
``After I got done in the (National PAL) finals, Robert (Garcia) came up to me and congratulated me, like if I was a really good boxer,'' said Ortiz, who has been living with the Garcias and training out of La Colonia Boxing Club in Oxnard since July.
The two exchanged phone numbers. Ortiz was so impressed, he did not hesitate when he found himself without a place to live.
``I stayed in Denver for three days with some friends and then I called Robert and asked him for help,'' Ortiz said. ``I landed with these good people and they are taking good care of me.''
This might be something new to Ortiz. He grew up in Garden City, Kansas Garden City is a city in Finney County, Kansas, United States. The population was 28,451 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Finney CountyGR6, and provides the campus of Garden City Community College. , and began boxing at 7. Unfortunately, his parents eventually abandoned the family. Ortiz's mother left 4 1/2 years ago, his father about three years ago.
Ortiz and his younger brother Wiki is aware of the following uses of "'Younger Brother":
1. Courage and fortitude; spirit: troops who showed their mettle in combat.
2. Inherent quality of character and temperament. .
``I put everything behind me, as if nothing happened,'' Ortiz said of his parents' abandonment. ``I just kept training, doing my business, staying in school. I had good grades, and I still get good grades.''
When Ortiz moved to Denver, he was just shy of his 16th birthday. When he turned 16, he worked a part-time job during the months leading to the Junior Olympic National Championships.
What he did with the money he had earned the day he departed for Louisiana said a lot about the kind of young man he had become under trying circumstances.
``I ran the mountains in Denver every day,'' Ortiz said. ``My sister was behind me the whole time. When I needed shoes or something, she would buy it for me. And she wasn't the richest person in the world.
``But when I was getting ready to go fight in Louisiana, my sister was broke and she had no food in the refrigerator. And she had two little kids. I felt sorry for my nephews.
``I had about $400 I had saved up from working. She was at work that day and I filled up the refrigerator for about $200. I left her $100 and took $100 with me to Louisiana. I did really good.''
He has continued to do well. Three months after winning the Junior Olympics, Ortiz found himself in with the senior boxers (ages 17-33) at the National PAL Championships held Sept. 22-27 in Toledo, Ohio
Among his five victories was one in the quarterfinals over Weston Ferguson, who is ranked No. 3 in the country by USA Boxing USA Boxing is the national governing body for Olympic boxing and is the United States' member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, USA Boxing is a non-profit organization responsible for the .
``Before I went into the ring, everybody was like, 'You got it hard, buddy,' '' said Ortiz, ranked No. 9. ``I said, 'I got something for this guy.' And I dropped him twice.''
Ortiz defeated David Rodela, also of Oxnard, in the championship bout.
``When they handed me the belt, I was like, 'Dang,' '' Ortiz said. ``And Robert, he was like, 'Yeah, man, you won, you won.' '' Next thing I know, some guy comes up to me and says, 'You are now in the Olympic Trials for 2004.'
``I was like, 'Whoa, this is cool.' ''
Ortiz is a cool customer. He weathered a tumultuous childhood to become a man at an early age. Not only can this left-handed boxer hurt you with his fists, he can use his mental approach to harm you.
``I think he has a good chance at the trials,'' said Eduardo Garcia, who also trains Vargas, the former two-time junior middleweight junior middleweight
n. In both senses also called super welterweight.
1. A weight division in professional boxing having an upper limit of 154 pounds (69.3 kilograms), between welterweight and middleweight.
2. champion. ``He is very fast and he is very intelligent. But we have a disadvantage, too, in that he is the youngest of the bunch.''
So far, that has not stopped Ortiz. When he went to the PAL tournament, he was 16 and facing the daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin task of emerging as champion of a bracket filled with 42 other boxers, all of them older and more seasoned.
Now, Diaz sets his sights on the Olympic Trials.
``I think my chances right now are pretty high, actually,'' Ortiz said. ``I have boxed mostly all the boxers who are going to be in the trials, except for two of them.
``I beat most of them already. And with Robert and Mr. (Eduardo) Garcia in my corner, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be able to go far.''
Staff Writer Robert Morales covers boxing for the Daily News. His column appears Mondays.