Professional boxer Victor Ortiz is known for being light on his feet in the boxing ring and it looks like he’ll be putting those skills to good use in the ballroom as one of 12 new contestants on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Ortiz – a 26-year-old, 147 lb lightweight boxing champion – has been added to the hit show’s roster of celebrities who will team up with professional dancing partners in a competition that’s known to at times place both a mental and physical strain on its celebrity contestants.
The Mexican-American boxer will be teamed up with Lindsay Arnold, an alum of the FOX reality dancing competition “SO You Think You Can Dance,” where the blonde dancer made the Top 8 the last year with her Latin Ballroom skills.
Season 16 of the show will premiere on March 18 and joining Ortiz on the show are celebrities including Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), country crooner Wynonna Judd, comedian D.L. Hughley, personality Andy Dick and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman.
According to his official DWTS bio, Ortiz is originally from small-town Kansas, where he triumphed through obstacles to achieve his dream of becoming a Welterweight Boxing Champion and world-class athlete. Nicknamed “Vicious” for his approach in the boxing ring, Ortiz joins a history of Latino contestants on the show including novela star William Levy, actress Sabrina Bryan, former soldier J.R. Martinez, race car driver Hélio Castroneves and television host Mario Lopez.