Tonight Victor Ortiz took on a legitimate opponent in Luis Collazo who has proven himself a game fighter in matches against such worthy adversaries as Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton. Ortiz was coming off consecutive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Josesito Lopez, who broke his jaw in a fight he might have won if not for reckless technique. Collazo had a greater number of losses but had always been a worthy opponent in the welterweight class even held above the gatekeeper status of so many. Ortiz came out overly aggressive as he has in almost all of his recent fights, throwing big combinations with very little result, while Collazo was more reserved with accurate but less impactful offense. At the conclusion of the second round, actually in the last five seconds, Ortiz opened up with another reckless combination that left him prone. Collazo responded with a perfect combination that targeted Victor’s jaw and body and eventually brought him to his knees, where Ortiz lingered for a moment and then sunk. Just as with his losses to Lopez and Mayweather it was hard to tell if Ortiz was really unable to continue or just unwilling, as he was able to regain his footing within the ten count after the call. This was a career-changing fight for both men but especially for the recent Mayweather opponent. I have to believe that this was the final nail in the coffin. Ortiz will never again be considered a legitimate contender at 147, nor will anyone who has status in that division think that he should have to go through Ortiz to prove himself worthy of the championship fights. Ortiz has worked himself into an unmarketable corner of the division that will leave him without any real competition. While unfortunate, Ortiz has no one to blame but himself. Ortiz didn’t seem indefensibly damaged from his injuries in the fight, and while no one expects him to perform as the legendary Muhammad Ali did against Ken Norton, we do expect him to put forth his best effort. With three consecutive spiritless performances we have to assume that Ortiz has lost his edge and will never again be a competitive force the division. If this is so I mourn his place as a welterweight and commend his previous efforts. I was also, as an amateur, more oriented toward offense than defense, and it cost me. Fans should hope for Ortiz to concede an immediate conclusion to his career and be grateful for his contribution to the division so that he can avoid any further unnecessary damage to his health. Thanks, Vicious Victor.