On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander headline a PBC on Fox fight card from El Paso, Texas.
A do-or-die for both men, read on for Round By Round Boxing‘s staff predictions for Ortiz vs. Alexander and let us know who you think will win.
Round By Round Boxing Staff Predictions - 2020
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Michael Burnell, Staff Writer
This is an entertaining fight that represents something of a crossroads for both fighters who still possess name value and fan recognition.
Victor Ortiz has lost four of his last seven fights (all by stoppage) that span six years while the comeback minded Alexander has met defeat in three of his last five since 2013.
“Vicious” Victor will start quickly and Devon Alexander will move, show Ortiz angles and box intelligently.
The first six rounds will be competitive and either even or one of the fighters up by a single point going in to the second half of the fight.
Ortiz will start to fade as the enthusiasm he had been showing slowly ebbs away. He becomes fatigued and his attacks sporadic as he stands in front of Alexander, mouth open less mobile with every round.
Alexander on the other hand remains consistent if unspectacular against Ortiz and emerges with the decision.
R.L. Woodson, Staff Writer
Victor Ortiz probably has the better power at this stage of both of these fighters’ careers. However, his inactivity – in a couple different eye-catching stretches of his career – is problematic for me. The five stoppages too.
Devon Alexander is attempting to battle his way back into title contention after overcoming a bout with substance abuse. This is likely it for the loser between these 31-yr old fighters. I’ll take Alexander to survive some bigger shots, or heated attacks with varying success, from Ortiz early on in the bout.
Kevin Cunningham should be able to help Alexander safely navigate through the second half of the fight, where Ortiz’s focus and effort will both fade, to get a decision for a needed win.
The question will become, was enough to warrant a shot at champions Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, Jr or the Jeff Horn/Terence Crawford winner?
Alexander’s only top 15 ranking happens to be in the IBF where currently Spence reigns.
Ty Paul, Staff Writer
Give me a time machine, because this would be a pretty darn good fight in 2011. Headlining a FOX card in 2018? Unimaginable, to be honest. But, the show must go on. I believe Devon Alexander will stop Victor Ortiz in the late rounds.
Alex Burgos, Editor-in-Chief
Devon Alexander looked pretty good in his last fight and I still think he’s got something to give in the talent-filled Welterweight division.
Victor Ortiz hasn’t progressed past his 2011 skill level and while he’s good enough to last a few rounds, technical flaws and lack of passion always catch up with him. I don’t think Saturday night will be any different.
All photos by Ruben Ramirez