TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Senate has honored the World Boxing Council’s new welterweight champion, who grew up in Garden City.
Senators unanimously adopted a resolution Monday praising Victor Ortiz, who captured the WBC title in a unanimous decision last month over previously undefeated Andre Berto. Ortiz, nicknamed “Vicious” for his boxing style, has compiled a 29-2-2 record.
Ortiz was born in Liberal but raised by foster parents in Garden City. He was a seven-time national amateur boxing champion before winning the WBC title.
The Senate resolution commends him for serving as a role model “exemplifying hard work and commitment.” After its adoption, Ortiz posed for photos with senators and showed off his championship belt.
Gov. Sam Brownback plans a brief ceremony Tuesday in his office to honor Ortiz.