Devon Alexander faces Victor Ortiz in El Paso on February 17
By Joel Tavizon Jr.
Published: January 13, 2018
After coming off a two-year layoff, Devon “The Great” Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) faced journeyman Walter Castillo (26-5-1, 19 KOs) and defeated him in dominant fashion. Now, he steps up in competition and takes on a motivated “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (32-6-2-25 KOs). They face each other on February 17 live from El Paso, Texas.
Former IBF welterweight champion Alexander has only been seen in the ring once in the last two years where he looked extremely sharp and technically sound. Alexander had to face his demons before coming back to the ring. The whole time he was on that two year layoff, he was addicted to painkillers because of an injury. Alexander has now left all that behind and has focused on his boxing career. It is arguable to say he is in his prime and would be a test to anybody in the welterweight division. Alexander is now on the road to get back to where he once was and becoming champion once again.
Ortiz is also trying to climb his way back to the top after having had some downs in his career within the last few years. In his early career, he held victories over Vivian Harris, Andre Berto, and Nate Campbell. He also won the WBC welterweight title. Ortiz’s career went downhill after being stopped four times in his last ten fights and having his jaw broken in his
fight with Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs), that just caused him to stay away from the sport even longer. Ortiz is coming off a knockout win over Saul “Navajo” Corral (27-10, 18 KOs). Ortiz is hungry for the win and motivated to be world champion once again.
This fight will no doubt be entertaining, and it will be interesting to see what these two challengers bring to the table. These fighters have been through hell and back and are hungry to be at the top where they both once were. A loss would be devastating to either one, but a win will only open more opportunities for the future and possibly another shot at a title.
(Feature Photo: Alan Mena/Premier Boxing Champions)