By Paul Webb
A small victory for common sense as exciting former world champion Victor Ortiz has been blocked from challenging Carlos Molina for his 154lb belt.
Normally I take no satisfaction from a boxer losing a pay day but it is nice to see the IBF standing by their regulations that state Ortiz is not suitable to challenge for that particular title.
Ortiz has fought twice in two years being knocked out in both by Floyd Mayweather and Josesito Lopez respectively and has never fought above 147 in his career. The idea that Golden Boy could get away with making this matchup was laughable but it has taken the IBF sometime to put a line through it denting the PPV on December 14th.
This fight was due to be part of the quadruple header on Showtime on a bill featuring Adrian Broner vs Marcos Maidana, Keith Thurman vs Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov vs Tamas Kavacs.
Golden Boy are yet to announce a replacement opponent for either man but will certainly look to feature both as they have high hopes on Ortiz regaining a title in the near future.
Ortiz needs to fight a ranked opponent at 154 before he should be even considered for a title, his losses, his inactivity and his questionable commitment have drawn many to wonder why Golden Boy persist with him but he is always in exciting fights something that can’t be said of the man Molina took the title from Ishe Smith.
Ortiz has a large fanbase and a fan friendly style so a fight with Molina could be a very interesting match up just not under these circumstances.