Pugmire reported on his Twitter account that Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, will not license Ortiz to fight until he explains his nose breaking comments.
Ortiz told Radio Rahim of Max Boxing, “I was trying to break [Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s] nose, 100%, because he nailed me 16 times with his elbow on my right eye, which made me close my eye. I kept telling [referee Joe] Cortez about the elbow. He kept saying ‘keep fighting Victor, keep fighting.’
“My eye gets closed, so I unleashed the headbutt. Yeah it was wrong, it was very wrong. But given the fact that I had asked the ref to keep an eye on that, and I told him ‘elbow’ … you want to get dirty, I got dirty.
“For that, I started feeling bad, and that’s why I gave Floyd a hug. They got me to feel human in the ring, and I when I felt human, I paid for it.
“If I’m going to headbutt you, I’m going to break your nose next time,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz will likely be summoned to speak at the Commission’s next meeting on January 11th. Victor is scheduled to face Andre Berto in a rematch on Feb. 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is a video of Ortiz’s interview that got him in trouble: