Tonight at 8 pm ET on FOX, live from El Paso, Texas, Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander headline a Premier Boxing Champions card in a pivotal welterweight showdown, a must-win for both men.
Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KO) and Alexander (27-4, 14 KO) are both in serious need of a notable win, with neither man having scored a marquee victory in years. The two former titleholders are both still young enough for another run at a belt, but this is truly a must-win scenario for each man to stay relevant in a crowded, star-studded division.
In the co-feature, Caleb Plant (16-0, 10 KO) faces Rogelio Medina (38-8, 32 KO) in a fight where Plant can become No. 2 super middleweight contender with the IBF, but Medina, due to missing weight, cannot, even if he wins. It’s a step up fight for prospect Plant either way, and Medina has given good fighters a push in the past.
Also featured on the card will be 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (3-0, 3 KO), who will face Jorge Rojas (4-2-1, 2 KO) in a lightweight bout set for six rounds.
- Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz fought to a majority draw (115-113 Ortiz, 114-114, 114-114)
- Caleb Plant def. Rogelio Medina by unanimous decision (117-111, 119-109, 120-108)
Victor Ortiz vs Devon Alexander
Round 1: Crowd is chanting lightly for Ortiz early as both feel it out for the first minute. Both guys short on everything early. Little left gets through for Alexander. Ortiz starting to make his way inside in the final minute. Ortiz looking to the body late, and lands a good right. Tight round, I go to Ortiz by a hair on that late body work. Ortiz 10-9
Round 2: Victor looks sharp. We’ll see if that lasts. Alexander looks dialed in, too. Good left from Devon after the jab got Ortiz off balance. Ortiz really leaning on the right hook early. Ortiz cut now, right on the hairline over his right eye. Shade this round to Devon, still not much between them. Alexander 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Alexander starting quicker this round with some jabs and a right hook. Victor got hit and opens up, as he’ll do. Good right hook inside from Alexander. He’s finding home for his shots now. Ortiz back, trying to get the jab going. Ortiz’s left eye swelling up badly from that hook earlier. Alexander looking too quick for Ortiz now that he’s felt it out. Alexander 10-9, 29-28
Round 4: The sharpness of Ortiz has already faded. He looks like the same old Victor Ortiz, which is no surprise. Alexander now in total control of this fight. Victor just getting tagged with shots and looks like he has no plan now. Alexander 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Alexander’s jab is working, both hands are landing. Ortiz is basically just walking into shots at this point. Another big round for Devon. Ortiz just can’t figure out what to do. He looks lost. Alexander 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: Alexander doing more or less whatever he wants, as we saw from Plant against Medina earlier. Ortiz is there, physically, but I’m not sure he’s really there mentally. Devon Alexander is a good fighter, so losing to him is no shame or anything, but it’s the way it looks right now. That said, this was a livelier round at the end for Ortiz, who landed a couple shots, which Guerrero assumes has brought Ortiz back to life. Hope so! It’ll be a better fight if it did. Alexander 10-9, 59-55
Round 7: Ortiz is more there mentally than I thought, honestly. He’s trying. He really is. He’s fighting with a lot of heart. Alexander looks sharper and better, but Victor is making this a fight now, making Devon earn it. And that’s good to see. Much better round for Victor. Ortiz 10-9, Alexander 68-65
Round 8: We’re set up for a really interesting final five rounds if Victor can keep that momentum from the 7th. And early on, he can, landing a nice combination. Alexander looking to get his jab going again. This is a good veteran fight right now, two guys fighting hungry in a fight they need to win. I’m into this. Ortiz started strong this round, Alexander came back. I edge to Devon. Alexander 10-9, 78-74
Round 9: Ortiz back to walking right onto Devon again, which Alexander is using to his advantage. Devon looks the more consistent of the two, is the real difference. Ortiz has not fought a bad fight, he hasn’t quit on himself, he’s still there, and Alexander’s just been a bit better. Alexander 10-9, 88-83
Round 10: Alexander with another good round here. This isn’t a super action fight or anything, but they’re both working. Alexander plays more defense this round but still does the better offensive work, too. Alexander 10-9, 98-92
Round 11: For just a second, my FOX affiliate tried to go to an airing of “Mike & Molly.” Alexander continues to control the action, but damn if Victor isn’t still trying. Ortiz’s legs are starting to go, which is understandable. He’s fought hard. Both guys are tiring, just Ortiz a bit more. He’s had to work a little harder for less success. Alexander 10-9, 108-101
Round 12: Alexander looking like he’s trying to grind this round out. It’s the smart move. Ortiz working really hard trying to get some stuff done here. It’s not easy, but I’m giving him the round, and I want to say this was a good fight from both guys. Ortiz had his spots early where he looked like it was going to be more of the same, but he was game as hell here. Ortiz 10-9, Alexander 117-111
Caleb Plant vs Rogelio Medina
Round 1: Plant working his jab early, lands a clean right hand. Medina stalking on the outside. Plant doing his thing early, feeling it out, and Medina more or less letting him. Virgil Hunter calls it “presence pressure” from Medina, but I’m not sure it’s anything Plant doesn’t want to be doing. Plant 10-9
Round 2: Medina looking ready to come forward now, with some real aggression. Plant lets his hands go against the ropes, then gets off them. The small crowd in El Paso is pro-Medina. Left hook from Plant, partially blocked. Plant dancing around the outside of the ring, drawing boos. He’s still basically doing what he wants. Plant 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Medina just following Plant around the ring, not pulling the trigger on anything. Plant poking and landing little shots, like he does. He’s a good boxer and he’s being allowed to do what he wants. I keep saying that. It’s what the fight is so far. Plant handily winning this fight. Plant 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Plant’s just picking Medina apart in this fight, but Medina is pressuring a bit more this round, at least getting closer to maybe doing something. But he’s just not opening up on offense at all. Plant has him befuddled. It’s time for Medina to, like, do something? Maybe? Plant 10-9, 40-36
Round 5: Virgil Hunter is as frustrated with Medina as Medina must be with himself. Plant is too slick for him so far. Medina “closing the distance,” but what’s he doing with it, really? He’s getting popped. Picking and poking, as Robert Guerrero puts it. Even when Medina does “better,” Plant is doing better. Plant 10-9, 50-45
Round 6: Plant continuing to box comfortably, but Medina lands a decent shot about halfway into the round. It’s a lot of work to get to Plant, and Medina is having a miserable night overall. Plant’s never going to be a big fan favorite, but I’m not sure that matters at all to him. Medina with a body shot late in the round. I give this round to Porky, he got there a bit more. Medina 10-9, Plant 59-55
Round 7: Plant sticking and moving again to start the round. Medina trying to close that gap, throws a hook to the body. Medina’s hands are slow, and whenever he punches at distance Plant slips it easily, and he can’t put anything together. More boos, as Plant continues to move around and avoid mixing it up with Medina. Which of course he is. I mean, duh. Plant back to the jab. Medina throwing punches, all blocked. Commentary trying to make this more interesting than it really is, bless them. Plant 10-9, 69-64
Round 8: Plant feinting and jabbing, feinting and jabbing. Medina just not fighting like himself in this fight. Whether that’s the weight issues, the knee brace they’re talking about now, or Plant just simply being hard to get to, or all of them, he’s not fighting like Porky Medina. Plant 10-9, 79-73
Round 9: Commentary continues to wait for Medina to “turn it on,” but don’t worry, he’s getting closer and closer, little by little. Plant is relaxed and having his way, picking little shots and doing what he’s doing. He’s got too much craft and natural skill for this version of Medina. The Medina who throws 90 punches a round might have been more interesting. Plant 10-9, 89-82
Round 10: You have to give Plant credit for this performance, but I can’t help but feel like Medina is off physically in there, so Plant’s team might be wise to give him another fight around this level next, assuming he gets out of here with this win. Medina has the heart to be here, but something is not right with him. “He’s gettin’ close!” It’s the 10th round, gang. He’s no closer than he’s been. Plant with a really nice counter right uppercut, then slips a bunch of shots. Plant 10-9, 99-91
Round 11: Medina finds some success with a nice hook and a right hand after it about halfway into the round. Medina now digging to the body and Plant has to tie up. Another hook grazes Plant’s chin. Plant trying to stay away after the body shots got to him, find some time to recover. Medina doing work in close again when he finds the range, Plant ties him up again. Good round for Medina, who keeps coming against the odds. He needs the KO, surely, but he’s still in there. Medina 10-9, Plant 108-101
Round 12: Plant jabbing to try to keep Medina off of him, as Medina is going to throw what he can at Plant in this round, no doubt. Plant double jabbing. Medina coming at Plant with everything he’s got left, but Plant is boxing again this round, and picking him off pretty consistently, a good close to the fight from him. He didn’t just rest on the lead, he didn’t fight stupidly, he just finished the job. Plant eats a right hand late as he shows off with his jab, throwing about five in a row. Plant 10-9, 118-110