Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz will compete for the first time since a 2017 draw with Devon Alexander this Sunday when he faces John Molina Jr.
The event takes place as the headline bout to the Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes card from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Ortiz (32-6-3) has ventured into things outside of the boxing ring over the past few months, but still wants to prove himself against the best in the world.
“John and I have known each other for many years. I’m not one to bad mouth anybody, but especially this guy. We’re in this to go to war on September 30. I fight violently and I can’t change that. I hope at the end of the day it gives people a fun showdown,” Ortiz said during a recent press conference. “I’m happy to be back in this position as the main event and for it to be in Southern California is even better. I’m humbled to have this opportunity.
“John Molina Jr. is an amazing warrior just like myself. He’s got a huge heart and he’s not going to back down and neither will I. It’s going to be a great fight.”
In early 2017 before his draw with Alexander, Ortiz knocked out Saul Corral in the fourth round. He also hodls a 2011 victory over Andre Berto that won him the WBC title, which he dropped to Floyd Mayweather Jr. later that year.
Ortiz also fought Lamont Peterson to a draw and opened his pro career with 28 wins in 31 overall fights with a draw.
“John Molina Jr. actually told me at the Mayweather vs. McGregor press conference that he was moving up to 147 and I better get out of the way, so it’s funny now that we’re facing-off. We have a lot of mutual respect for each other. It doesn’t change anything though, we’re going to go out there and give it our all,” Ortiz said. “I still feel strong and powerful and I’m not going to waste this time I have to still compete at the highest level. I’m ready to go out there and put on another war for the fans.”
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET with unbeaten featherweight Brandon Figueroa taking on Oscar Escandon and 2016 Nigerian Olympian Efe Ajagba in heavyweight action.
“This fight between Victor Ortiz and John Molina Jr. is a great cherry on top to a great month for the sport of boxing. This is an all-action brawl that will be toe-to-toe. That’s what the fight fans want to see and that’s what we are going to get,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO and chairman of Ringstar Sports. “This card is absolutely loaded. It is full of young talent and experienced fighters who are sure to put on a great night of action for the fans at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
“I know that Karlos Balderas and Joe Joyce are fired up to have this chance to perform on this platform and I believe the fans are going to be in for a real treat. For Joe it’s a debut in the U.S. that gives him a chance to make a big first impression. Both of these guys are absolutely ready to step into the spotlight.”