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Victor Ortiz fought for four rounds with broken jaw, suffered two fractures

Victor Ortiz was initially criticized for quitting after the 9th round of his fight with Josesito Lopez last Saturday, but it turns out he fought through a lot more than people realize.

Ortiz’s manager told ESPN’s Dan Rafael that the fighter had his jaw fractured in two places. The first fracture was suffered in the fifth round, but Ortiz fought four more rounds with it that way. In the 9th, he got tagged on a left hook and ended up quitting after the round, telling his corner and the referee that his jaw was broken.

Doctors later saw that Ortiz had internal bleeding, which is part of why he was gagging on the thickness of his blood.

Ortiz’s mouth will be wired shut for the next two weeks, and he’s expected to need six weeks to recover. He apparently wrote a note to his manager expressing his desire to face Lopez in a rematch.

The 25-year-old was ahead of Lopez on all the judges’ cards at the time he said he couldn’t continue.

Between quitting against Marcos Maidana, headbutting Floyd Mayweather, rabbit-punching Lopez, and quitting on Saturday, Ortiz has taken a beating from boxing fans. I don’t blame him for deciding he couldn’t continue against Lopez; Only he knows how bad of a condition he was in, and if he wanted to preserve his health rather than continue to risk his well-being, it’s a decision that I respect.

Victor Ortiz reps SigEp fraternity on his shorts during Josesito Lopez fight

Victor Ortiz represented the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity during his fight with Josesito Lopez on Saturday. Ortiz had “SigEp” embroidered on his trunks as a shoutout to the house he joined recently.

Back in April, Ortiz mentioned on Twitter that he was “officially a SigEp” at Kansas University.

A girl even told him to stop by her sorority house after his initiation that night.

Ortiz grew up in Kansas and is childhood friends with one of the fraternity’s former presidents. He was invited to speak to the members at some point in the past, and he ended up joining in April.

No doubt his brothers in Kansas were watching him on Saturday against Josesito Lopez. They, along with the rest of his fans, were probably disappointed with his decision to quit after the 9th round.