The Times is pleased to have boxer Victor Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, guest-blogging for us while he competes on "Dancing With the Stars." Each week while he competes on the show, Ortiz will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ortiz's thoughts about Week 1, which he offered via email.
Q: How would you compare the nerves you have before a fight with the nerves you had before your first dance on the show?
Well the nerves before a fight are different; it's more like adrenaline that gets you geared up to get into the ring and win. I don't have to get "nervous" really; instead I just stay focused on making sure I give the fight my all. It's more like tunnel vision, with your eye on the prize.
With dancing I just have to make sure to remember all the moves that Lindsey and I rehearsed, so it's a different feeling when I go on stage. Plus the crowd is a little less rowdy! In a fight it's about instinct and strength but with dancing it's about remembering all the steps, plus remembering to keep smiling.