Victor Ortiz becomes the fifth professional boxer to trade in his gloves for color-coordinated costumes and dancing shoes on tonight's Dancing with the Stars. The 26-year-old Mexican-American former WBC welterweight champion, who is known for his boyish charm and a killer southpaw stance, will be the latest Latino luminary to hit the floor on the sixteenth season of the celebrity ballroom dancing competition series, following in the footsteps of William Levy, J.R. Martinez and Hélio Castroneves. Find out 10 things you didn’t know about Victor Ortiz before he hits the dance floor tonight!
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He’s Had a Broken Jaw
Last June, Ortiz didn’t just endure an upset loss to Josesito Lopez after nine brutal rounds; he also suffered a broken jaw at the hands of his opponent. Good thing it doesn’t seem to have affected his million-dollar sonrisa.
He Owns His Own Skin Care Line
To quote the lyrics from the classic “Whispering” Jack Smith song, Ortiz has “got the cutest little baby face.” It must be the result of using his very own skin care line, the VO by Victor Ortiz Collection. Developed by FaceLube, the line is described as “built for a boxing champion” and “fit for a man’s man.” The product apparently works on the body as well, as witnessed in Ortiz’s steamy commercial for the collection.
He’s a Multi-Million Dollar Man
Ortiz reportedly has a net worth of $7 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. We can only imagine that number growing after his new DWTS gig!
He Earned His Vicious “Nickname” A Decade Ago
Ortiz is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his nickname “Vicious,” which he even uses as part of his Twitter handle (@VICIOUSortiz). “I was 16 and a junior Olympic medalist,” says Ortiz of the name. “I qualified for the Olympic trials. I won the bracket. They said that's Vicious with the smile. I said, no. But it had a ring to it, so I went with Vicious Vic. But it's an oxymoron because out of the ring, I'm not vicious at all.”
He’s Actually a Righty
Ortiz has said that his power is “just built” on his left hand and that fighting left-handed was “just more comfortable,” giving him better defense. But boxing is the only thing he does with his left hand. “I'm actually right-handed," he confirmed in an interview.
He Loves the Outdoors
If you can’t find Ortiz in the boxing gym, he’s probably soaking up the sun outside. “I love to road bike, mountain bike, surf, skateboard, run a lot, triathlons with mymanager, swim,” says Ortiz. “I enjoy the outdoors.”
He Learned to Box to Fight His Bullies
Ortiz’s father originally started teaching him to box – and later enrolled him in boxing lessons – at the age of 7 after his son had been bullied one too many times for being in the school choir. Despite “Vicious Vic” not liking the sport at all initially,
he showed great promise from the get-go and continued his training, according to BoxingScene.com.
He’s Trained at an Iconic California Gym
Following his move to California, Ortiz trained at the legendary La Colonia Youth Boxing Club in Oxnard. The gym has produced notable Mexican American boxers like Miguel Angel Garcia, Fernando Vargas, Brandon Rios and Roberto Garcia, a former IBF Super Featherweight champion and the head trainer at the gym who helped hone Ortiz’s skills.
He Gives Back to Charity in His Home State
There’s a reason he wears the word “Kansas” and the University of Kansas mascot on his boxing shorts; Ortiz was born and raised in The Sunflower State. And even though he’s not in Kansas anymore, the pro boxer still gives back to his local
community by participating in charity events like a KU basketball charity all-star game and a Boys & Girls Club charity event in Kansas City. This past Friday, Ortiz was given the Marconi Humanitarian Award for his work with children’s charities
like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rock Chalk, Football for Good, and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
He Trains Like a Mad Man
Ortiz is dedicated to his boxing, training seven days a week. “I never really take days off when I'm in training camp. I have three times a day training sessions,” said Ortiz in a live chat with fans for ESPN’s SportsNation. “It gets very tough, but it pays off in the end. In between fights, I stay with it, but not sparring. I keep up with the cardio to keep me slim to where I look like a fighter still.”