Michael Rosenthal

Ortiz might fight Kotelnik on Khan-Maidana card

The handlers of Victor Ortiz and Andreas Kotelnik are trying to put together a fight between the junior welterweight contenders on the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana card on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas.

“I talked to Don King [Kotelnik’s promoter] today,” said Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, Ortiz’s promoter. “We’re apart on the money but hopefully in the next day or so we can bridge it and get it done. It would be a great addition to the card.”

The fight would provide Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 knockouts) another good opportunity to improve his standing in a deep 140-pound division.

Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KOs), a former titleholder, has already fought three top junior welterweights. He defeated Maidana by a split decision in Germany before losing a one-sided decisions to Khan and a close decision to Devon Alexander.

The tough Ukrainian has never been knocked out.

“Victor can make a statement with Kotelnik,” Schaefer said. “Maidana lost a controversial decision to him, Amir obviously beat him and Alexander, a great fighter, looked ordinary against him. Let’s see what Victor can do.

“… Let’s say Victor knocks out Kotelnik, something no one has done. That would be a big statement.”

Schaefer said he probably would turn to Kaiser Mabuza if he can’t reach a deal with King.

Former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland, out of prison after 18 months, also is expected to fight on the Dec. 11 card. His opponent has yet to be determined.

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