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Boxing Champion Victor Ortiz In Town To Promote Expendables 3

Victor “Vicious” Ortiz, former World Welterweight boxing champion, took on Verruckt, the new water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas last week.

“The ride was amazing. It is always a blast to be here in Kansas,” said Ortiz.

He was in town to promote Expendables 3, a new high adrenaline action film in which he portrays the character Mars part of an elite mercenary unit headed by Barney (Sylvester Stallone). In the movie, the team comes face to face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years before co-founded the Expendables.

Stonebanks became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill. Stonebanks survives and makes it his mission to end the Expendables. Barney brings in a new era of Expendables’ team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech savvy.

Ortiz explained that his character is a weapons specialist, afraid of heights, but willing to do just about anything.

He learned about the movie while he was appearing on Dancing with the Stars. His agent contacted Sylvester Stallone about the movie and planted an idea that Ortiz would be a good choice for one of the characters.

When his agent told Ortiz about it his first reply was, “yeah right. These guys are legends. What do they want with me?”

His next call from his agent was telling him he would receive an email from Sly about the movie. He had no idea that the person called Sly, who he was meeting with to audition for a part in Expendables 3, was Stallone.

“I did the audition right there on the spot. He handed me a script, gave me directions, like I want you to look mean, or make your voice deeper. After it was over, he just looked at me. I thought I didn’t get the part. As we walked to the door I thanked him and told him thank you for the opportunity and that is when he told me I had the part,” said Ortiz laughing.

His next movie is Southpaw, a new boxing movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, as Billy “The Great” Hope. Ortiz portrays, Ramone, a flyweight kid from the streets with real sparring potential. The character parallels Ortiz’s own rags to riches story rising from a childhood as a foster kid, to brawling his way to the championship belt in 2011.

Currently though his career has taken him onto the movie screen, his first love is boxing and he told Hispanic News that he will be returning to the boxing ring.

“I train all the time. I do sparring sessions all the time. I have champion fighters in my gym and we spar every day. I am working out with caliber fighters every day. I am not taking any time off from the ring,” said Ortiz.

Holding up his boxing career, is the fact that his two managers have split up. “Now I am stuck in the cold war between the two,” he explained.
He is ready to jump back into the ring and hopes that he can face Floyd Mayweather again. Though he lost the fight he feels the loss was the result of a cheap shot by Mayweather.

“I had him in that fight. I became human for a split second in the fight. My hands were down, I looked at the referee and he hit me. I went down. If you are that good of a fighter, then why do you need to do that. I am not bitter about it. I want to fight him again and I offered to do the match for free,” said Ortiz.

Matthew Truong attended grade school and high school with Ortiz in Garden City, Kansas. He understands Ortiz love for boxing and why he wants to face Mayweather again.

“He has that killer instinct and that is why they call him Vicious. He has been to the top and he fought Mayweather and he wants to do it again. He wants to be the World Champion again and I know that he can do it,” said Truong.

Ortiz is 27 years old and feels he is in his prime. “The day that my life ends, my name will stand out in the world. I want to bring home the biggest legacy in the world. I want my name to be known like Muhammad Ali, “ he said.

When he is not working on a movie set or in the ring, Ortiz likes to have fun with his friends. So on his recent visit to Kansas City, Kansas, Ortiz called Truong at 6 a.m. last week and asked him to meet him at Schlitterbahn to join him on the new ride, Verruckt.

Coming together at the waterpark, reminded Truong of all the good times they have shared over the years.

“Whenever we are together, he is the same Victor. It seems like we are home again just hanging out like we did before. It is awesome to see him and I am proud of him. I know the people in Garden City are proud of him. He has come from the streets of Garden City, Kansas to the big screen in Hollywood to the big stage of boxing,” he said.