A nationally televised boxing match set for Sunday and featuring former Ventura resident Victor Ortiz was canceled Wednesday. He was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault in Oxnard.
A woman contacted police just before 1 p.m. March 19 and reported that she had been sexually assaulted inside an Oxnard residence. Ortiz, 31, is in the custody of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in connection with three felony assault charges, including forcible rape, which were filed a day earlier by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office after an investigation by the Oxnard Police Department. Wednesday, Ortiz’s opponent, John Molina Jr., posted a short video to his Instagram account announcing the Sunday bout had been canceled. He did no mention of the charges brought against Ortiz.
Ortiz - image from police
The fight, planned at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, was due to be televised Sunday night on FS1-TV. Ortiz denied the allegations. During his boxing career, Ortiz has accrued a 32-6-3 record, holding the WBC welterweight title in 2011. He (32-6-3, 25 KOs) is best known for his 2011 “Fight of the Year” showdown with Andre Berto. He has also appeared in some movies, including “The Expendables 3” and “Southpaw.” Ortiz has had multiple run-ins with the law, including guilty pleas for DUI and assaulting a man at a Kenny Chesney concert.