Devon Alexander dominates Victor Ortiz but held to draw on judges’ scorecards
Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz were both written off years ago, but it appears Devon Alexander ring obituary was prematurely delivered.
Alexander dominated fellow former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz on Saturday in his most high-profile outing since he overcame a painkiller addiction, which he blamed in part for his struggles. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t see the same performance.
They curiously scored the PBC on FOX main event a majority draw, with one judge turning in a 115-113 tally in Ortiz’s favor, overruled by two 114-114 scorecards. Simply put, it was a robbery, with Alexander handily winning almost every round in what should have been a rout.
The 31-year-old’s combinations were sharp, but for some reason, the judges didn’t reward the shots that swelled up Ortiz’s left eye. Ortiz, whose only notable victory is a title-winning effort over Andre Berto in 2011, stalked Alexander, but his punchers were slow, wide and he loaded up with each shot.
Alexander, on the other hand, scored with a stinging southpaw jab and often followed up with a straight left down the pipe or an uppercut. He controlled the ring and basically did whatever he wanted in a solid fight.
Even though he wasn’t rightfully awarded the victory, Alexander (27-4-1, 14 knockouts) deserves a shot at a quality opponent to prove he can still resemble his former self, the man who once won titles in two weight classes.
Following a stint in rehab, the St. Louis native ended a two-year layoff with a shutout of journeyman Walter Castillo in November. It was Alexander’s first fight since a shocking loss to the pedestrian Aron Martinez, but perhaps addiction really was affecting him in the ring, because he now looks more like the Alexander of old.
Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs), however, still looks like a fighter well past his best days. He’s been stopped inside the distance in his last four fights on the world-class level, including a surprising second-round KO defeat to Luis Collazo in 2014.
But on this night, he not only lasted the distance — thanks to the judges, he pulled out a draw.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger