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Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander to headline PBC Card February 17th in El Paso

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Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions held a press conference this week to announce a fight card on February 17 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Headlining the card in a crossroads bout will be former champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander. Both boxers will be using the fight as a way to hopefully shoot back up the welterweight rankings and into a big fight.

About five years ago, this would have been marketed as a super fight between two of the division’s best, but the last few years have not been kind to the careers of Ortiz and Alexander, who are looking for a career resurgence.

Ortiz has split his last six fights, with knockout losses to Luis Collazo and Andre Berto. Ortiz, however, knocked out Saul Corral in his last fight back in July. Since, Ortiz has been rumored to be involved in fights with both Brandon Rios and Josesito Lopez, but neither fight was made.

“Being on this stage is very significant for me. Thankfully I have people who don’t stop believing in me,” Ortiz said. “I’ve seen both sides and been in the middle. At this point, the only place I’m focused on going is up. It’s all in front of me.”

For Alexander, a two-fight skid against Amir Khan and Aaron Martinez kept him out of the ring for over two years, but he made his return back in November with a win over Walter Castillo.

“I don’t see this one going the distance. We’re both very hungry,” Alexander said. “We know that a loss puts us at the back of the line and neither of us can afford that.”

While the fight doesn’t have the same hype surrounding it as if it happened back when both fighters were in their primes, it does make for an interesting matchup, and it’s a win both boxers need to stay releant in the division.

“Our main event is a true crossroads fight,” said TGB president Tom Brown. “Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander are battle-tested in one of the toughest and deepest divisions in boxing. The winner of this fight will be back on the path to a world title.”

Rogelio “Porky” Medina will be featured in an undercard bout against the undefeated Caleb Plant in a super middleweight clash.

Thomas Williams Jr. will be making his debut at super middleweight after moving down light heavyweight. Williams is coming off of two knockout losses to Adonis Stevenson and Marcus Browne after rising up the ranks with an impressive second round knockout of Edwin Rodriguez back in 2016. Williams will take on Humberto Velazco Torres (18-1-1).

Austin “No Doubt” Trout was in attendance at the presser and was mentioned as one of the undercard fighters, but a fight has yet to be announced.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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