Victor Ortiz Denies He's Dating Vanessa Bryant

Victor Ortiz Denies He's Dating Vanessa Bryant

It's "nowhere near true," says the boxer.

Published December 25, 2011

Kobe Bryant can breathe a little easier. His ex-wife Vanessa Bryant hasn't moved on to another man quite least, not to hunky boxer Victor Ortiz.

After rumors began swirling that the pair were coupled up, Ortiz issued a statement via his manager clarifying the situation:

"I would like to deny any and all rumors that I am dating Vanessa Bryant," Ortiz said. "In fact, Mrs. Bryant and I have never met. It is unfortunate that during her family's trying times in her relationship with Kobe, uncaring people start these rumors without any merit," the former title holder said.

"The only date I have is with destiny on February 11, 2012, against Andre Berto," Ortiz went on to say, referencing his upcoming ring battle. "That is the only date I'm focusing on. Happy and healthy holidays to all."

Well...that's one less thing to get in the way of Kobe's planned reconciliation with Vanessa. Now all he has to do is make pigs fly and hell freeze over. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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