Victor Ortiz plans to go full throttle in order to knockout undefeated titleholder Andre Berto in their highly-anticipated 12-round welterweight fight on April 16 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., but the Southern California-based contender was reserved during a recent interview about his training camp.
Below are notes from Ortiz's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., which were sent out in a press release on Tuesday:
How was training camp for this fight?
"Training has been great."
Have you prepared differently for Berto than previous opponents?
"I have trained like never before in my life."
What is a typical Ortiz training day like?
Who have you been sparring with?
"My main sparring partner is Francisco "Chia" Santana; the others are a secret."
What is the most imperative strategy to win this fight?
"Knock Berto out."
How do you feel about coming to the East Coast to fight?
"I will go to the end of hell and back to get my belt."
Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 knockouts), fighting out of Ventura, Calif., holds victories over former titleholders Nate Campbell (UD 10), Vivian Harris (KO 3) and Carlos Maussa (KO 1), as well as high profile opponents such as Antonio Diaz (TKO 7), Mike Arnaoutis (TKO 2) and Jeffrey Resto (TKO 2). The 24-year-old southpaw looks to capture his first world title by defeating Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) on April 16.
The bout will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 p.m. PT. The broadcast kicks off with Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his WBA 140-pound title against Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.