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Ortiz Granted License For Berto Rematch

As per RingTV.com, The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to grant a one-fight conditional license to former welterweight beltholder Victor Ortiz, whose status for his Showtime-televised Feb. 11 rematch with Andre Berto was in doubt as a result of comments he made after September’s fourth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In response to an interview during which Ortiz claimed that his intentional head butts were an attempt to break Mayweather’s nose, Ortiz told the commission that his words were “taken out of context,” adding that he was “very embarrassed” by his actions and promised not to resort to tactics like that again going forward.

“I’m not a dirty fighter,” said Ortiz. “I will never do something like this again.”

Ortiz’s actions occurred at the MGM on Sept. 17, where he is also scheduled to face Berto, from whom Ortiz gained the WBC belt by unanimous decision in April.

“The commission conditioned the license, but they granted it, which means that it’s limited to one fight. So if Mr. Ortiz does anything improper during the fight with Mr. Berto, he may be subject to a discipline, and his rights for the license would automatically expire,” said commission executive director Keith Kizer, “On the flip side, if he acts properly, then he would be able to apply for a license for the rest of the year administratively, but he would have to go that additional step. So his license is only good for one fight, and thereafter, he’d have to be reviewed either administratively if he does nothing wrong, or he would have to go before the commission if he does do something wrong.”

Kizer also said that further investigation will be conducted by the commision over the next 10 days, after which Ortiz could be fined $100,000 from his purse against Berto if that is deemed necessary upon further review of the comments.

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