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 2, which he offered via email.
Q. “Vicious” showed up in the rehearsal studio for a moment, but Lindsay stood her ground. Would she be your toughest opponent?
Lindsay is amazing, and it's hard to think of what she would be like as an opponent. We work together so I could never see her that way objectively speaking. She's my partner, my coach, my everything right now ... she's a great teacher. We all go through bursts of emotions in stressful situations that you look back and laugh at -- that was me frustrated with myself, I really want to make Lindsay proud, especially. This week there is one thing on my mind: victory.
Q. How in the world does a professional fighter develop his own fragrance for a cologne?
It's easy actually, I'm an entrepreneur outside the ring and with my team at TLK Fusion I am building an empire. My VO cologne has been the best seller now for three weeks in a row at Curacao. I just combined all the scents I love the most, and the ladies seem to love it too!