Unbeaten British welterweight star Kell Brook has professed a desire to face Victor Ortiz.
Ortiz faces Joseito Lopez for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Although Brook is expected to fight for the IBF title if he beats Carson Jones next month Brook has also registered his interest in facing Ortiz.
"These two fighters [Ortiz and Lopez] are in my division so I’ll be watching this fight," Brook told Sky Sports. "They’re up there at the elite level and Ortiz always brings excitement when he fights so it should be a good one”.
"But he’s a strange character, Ortiz. He quit in the Marcos Maidana fight [in 2009] and said something like ’I’m too young for this’, but he showed when he boxed Andre Berto last year that he has got heart.
"That fight was a cracker. Ortiz came up from light welterweight to Berto’s weight and they both hit the canvas before Ortiz won on points to get the WBC belt. I didn’t expect that performance from him. Berto is an all-round very good fighter. I thought Ortiz would fold but he got up off the canvas and won. There was talk of me fighting him soon - and I’m licking my lips at that."
June 22, 2012