The cast of Season 16 of ABC's hit show "Dancing With The Stars" was revealed this morning live from Los Angeles on "Good Morning America". As anticipated, former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz was officially announced as the fifth boxer to compete on the program which will premiere on March 18 (8 pm EST/7 pm CST).
It had been reported in the New York Daily News earlier this month that Ortiz, who has undergone two surgeries to repair a fractured jaw suffered against Josesito Lopez in their June 23 fight, would be participating in the competition. Even though there has been a good deal of rumors circulating over the last few weeks as to who the twelve contestants would be, the suspense leading up to the formal announcement was built over the first hour of the news broadcast with clues dropped throughout the morning.
"In this ring, this champ is a knockout" was the clue given with respect to Ortiz. The 26-year fighter from Oxnard, California will have to try and knockout fellow DWTS competitors country star Wynnona Judd, comedian D.L Hughley, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, Real Housewives Lisa Vanderpump, funny man Andy Dick, entertainer Zendaya, 2012 Olympic Gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, actor Ingo Rademacher, former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler and 1976 Olympic Gold medal skater Dorothy Hamill.
Ortiz will attempt to become the first boxer to win the Mirror Ball Trophy under the guidance of dance partner and one of the newest competing pro members of DWTS, Lindsay Arnold whose specialty is Latin Ballroom. Former boxing champions Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard all made early departures within the first four weeks of their respective appearances on the show. Leila Ali took third place in Season 4.
While Ortiz has the boyish charm and killer smile to win over some fans, his work on the dance floor is going to be cut out for him, especially given the presence of Raisman and Hamill. Over the previous 15 seasons of DWTS, an Olympic Gold medalist has never lost the competition with Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Evan Lycacek and Apolo Anton Ohno all winning their respective seasons.
While many may be using Mayweather's fourth week elimination from Season 5 as the general benchmark for Ortiz's success in this competition, it is perhaps more suitable to see how well he fares vis-à-vis Andy Dick. Coming off of two consecutive knockout losses and a broken jaw, it will likely not do much for the fighter's suspect psyche if he is unable to finish higher than the skinny, eccentric comedian.
Tags: Boxing, DWTS, Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz