A crossroads tango unfolded on Saturday night, with vets Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander meeting up in a Texas ring to make clear that they have more to offer in this most dangerous game, the sweet and savage science.
Social media indicated that most people saw the St Louis native Alexander getting the better of more rounds than the Cali boxer Ortiz. But the judges had final say and they saw a draw after twelve rounds of action between one guy who wanted to get back luster lost to a pill addiction and another whose rep is influenced heavily by a couple ‘no mas’ episodes.
This is why more and more trainers are telling their scrappers to LOOK FOR THE KNOCKOUT, because there’s no insuring that the arbiters will come to the arena with their contact lenses in.
I asked Alexander’s coach Kevin Cunningham what he saw ringside.
“Devon clearly won the fight, no rematch needed,” he stated. “Victor spent the night in the hospital, not Devon. We are setting our sights on Danny Garcia or Jessie Vargas next.”
Cunningham, who is also now working with Adrien Broner, another athlete who is in need of a showing which restores some shine to his brand, didn’t shower Alexander with massive praise.
“He came to camp heavier than normal. That’s straight up the truth and that was the difference. Still won 8-4 in my opinion, but I give him a B-minus.”
Readers, where do you see Alexander slotting in at the packed 147 space? And Ortiz, how do you assess his future prospects?