Fast Facts

  • Took up boxing at age 7.
  • Naturally right-handed, but fights in a southpaw stance, leading with his left hand.
  • Spent several years in foster care before his older sister turned 18 and was able to become his legal guardian.
  • Turned pro in 2004, at age 17.
  • Signed with Golden Boy Promotions, owned by Oscar De La Hoya, in 2008.
  • Had his jaw broken in a fight with Joseito Lopez in June 2012.
  • Joined Dancing with the Stars in season 16, partnered with professional Lindsay Arnold.


  • Carmen — Sister
  • Victor Ortiz Sr. — Father
  • Manuela — Mother
  • Temo — Brother
  • Aneli — Sister


  • Attended Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA


  • Birth Place: Garden City, KS
  • Profession: Boxer

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